What is a Tornado: A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus or cumulus cloud. Tornados appear as a visible condensation funnel whose wind speeds reach 110-300 miles per hour. Death and injury from flying debris is the #1 factor when dealing with tornados.
Location: Tornados in the United States will most often be found in “Tornado Alley”, East of the Rocky Mountains pushing to the east coast. They are most common during late March- early July and typically move Southwest to Northeast.
Duration: Little to no warning is involved pertaining Tornados. Tornados strike quickly and last just as long. Entire U.S. towns have been wiped out in seconds from tornado activity.
Caveat: Tornado “Watch” is an emergency alert notifying of a possible tornado events may be present and encouraging residents to verify emergency supplies, bug-out locations, and emergency plans to prepare for any further Tornado warning. Tornado “Warning” is an emergency alert notifying individuals that a tornado sighting has been identified by weather radar. These warnings are emergency alerts of imminent danger to life and property.