Category Archives: Tornadoes

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How Is a Tornado Formed, and Why Is It Highly Unpredictable?

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

Every year, hundreds of tornadoes across the country leave infrastructure devastated and many people killed. This blog post will highlight how tornadoes are formed and why it is difficult to predict when they’re coming.

A tornado can be defined as “a violently rotating column” filled with air, extending from the thunderstorm to the ground. Often, when one occurs, the sky turns dark and greenish and black storm clouds are formed. Sometimes, baseball-sized hail may also fall simultaneously, and a funnel appears as if it is coming out from a cloud. As it approaches, it feels like a freight train is approaching you, tearing up everything that comes in its way.

How Do they Form?

The violent tornadoes arise from supercells or large thunderstorms. They have heavy winds in rotation, and at least a thousand storms join together to form one supercell. Then five or six supercells combine to create a tornado.

Although tornadoes can hit at any time of the year, they are common in early spring and followed by the jet stream. In the U.S., the month of May has the greatest number of tornadoes. However, throughout history, tornadoes from April have always proven to be more violent and devastating.

There is no fixed time for when tornadoes can occur, but they mostly appear in the late afternoon when the sky suddenly turns dark because, at that time, the sun has provided enough heat to the ground. They are essentially a result of the collision of warm, humid air with cold, dry air. Since the cold air is denser, it is pushed over the warm air, resulting in thunderstorms. Gradually, the warm air rises through the relatively colder air and results in an updraft that rotates when winds vary.  The rotating updraft is often called a mesocycle, and it draws in more warm air from the thunderstorm as the speed increases.

Do you wish to stay safe from the tornadoes? At US Safe Rooms, we offer aboveground shelters and installation services for residential and commercial clients. So, if you’re in Denison, Plano, Fort Worth, Sherman, or Dallas, you can reach out to us for shelters to protect your family and friends from natural disasters.


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3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Calm During a Hurricane or Tornado

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

Growing up in the US’s Midwest regions in States like Texas and Oklahoma means growing up with regular storms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes. You must help your children stay calm and collected during these situations as you go through your safety protocols.

Here’s what to do.

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5 Ways to Plan a Tornado Drill

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

The United States is climatically located in a region where winds of different temperatures converge and form severe storms throughout the year. From households to businesses to schools, people should know what to do when a tornado is about to strike. A tornado can come unannounced; you need to have a tornado drill in place. Here’s how you can conduct a tornado drill.

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5 Tornado Signs You Should Know

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

A tornado is a violent vortex of strong winds that takes the shape of a funnel under a huge storm. Over a thousand tornados strike the US soil, more than any other country in the world, resulting in loss of lives and millions of dollars in property damage every year. Residents of Tornado Alley experience frequent tornados; you should know its signs to seek protection in the worst-case scenario immediately. Here are five signs of a tornado you should know.

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Category : Blog , Tornadoes

1200 tornadoes occur in United States every year, which causes severe damage to property and economy.

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3 Ways to Stay Safe During a Tornado

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

Natural disasters can be quite overwhelming and dangerous; they can wreak havoc in a couple of minutes. One prime example of such a powerful and destructive force is a tornado.

Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air formed when a thunderstorm makes direct contact with the ground. This interaction leads to heavy dark storm clouds and a funnel-like force appearing from the ground. Tornadoes can destroy everything in their way.

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