Facts About Tornadoes
Tornadoes cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in the southeast and Southern Plains. But how much do know about their destructive forces that tear through our homes and businesses?
Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:
- The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but has been known to move in any direction.
- T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm but can occur at any time.
- In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
- The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
- A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
- In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually, rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually, rotate in a counterclockwise direction.
Signs of Danger
- Large hail
- Dark, green-tinted sky
- Low-lying rotating cloud
- Loud roar similar to a freight train
We are in the peak of storm season here in Florida and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.
Have Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of Mandarin, 904-636-0044.