Climate extremes: Tornadoes

Tornadoes happen during storms when warm air and strong winds begin to spin upwards. These distinct funnel-shaped winds can cause great damage along their paths, Central states such as Kansas and Oklahoma see the majority of the USA's tornadoes. In fact, there is a famous tornado 'route' through ten midwestern states which is known as Tornado Alley. Homes in that area often have storm cellars where families can shelter from the weather.

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