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Tornados and Hurricanes:

People assume there are no authentic differences between Hurricanes and Tornados. On the contrary, there is a major distinction among the two super storms. One storm is born off the shores of southern Africa where the other is born on land.

HURRICANES: These storms are born in the southern hemisphere some hundred miles off the coast of Africa. When this particular storm cell maneuvers across the south Atlantic bearing west (Which is extremely typical), it gathers stamina and velocity as it follows a west to east current in the upper layer atmosphere. This current travels parallel to each other as a continuous rotation immediately develops.

This storm cell floats in the rotation and soon a spiral formation emerges and is detected by radar! This formation will and sometimes enlarges to several hundred miles in width. As the formation continues to manifest, the rotation within the cloud mass forms an eye which can expand several miles in width- this is called: 'the eye of the hurricane', and it is directly in the middle of the formation! Each hurricane is meadured by the speed of movement, direction, wind sheer as well as the pressure of warm and cold air surrounding it. The first twenty-four hours define whether the storm will encourage to a full scale hurricane or descend to a tropical storm.

Once they encounter land and make landfall, a hurricane will release its wrath causing much damage before loosing its potential and descend to a severe thunderstorm on land. The winds will remain as clocked during birth and will eventually disintegrate as it maneuvers on land. The majority of the path on land- the northeast coast!

TORNADOS: This is a storm front which escapes from the coolness of the Rocky Mountains and travels east. This cloud mass usually has an abundance of cold air circulating as it develops into a cold front. This cold front travels over the southern states and universally meets up with a warm front (air) surging up from Mexico or the extreme southern states. These two front then collide and produce massive thunderheads! These thunderheads will travel thirty to forty miles per hour.

As these enormous thunderheads enlarge to intensity to the upper atmosphere layer, meteorologists will classify them as 'Super Cells'. These Super Cells are quite beautiful to observe, however, these cells have rotation beneath the cloud embankment. Ninety- nine percent of these super cells spawn tornados with a magnificent magnitude!

Lightening will travel from one side to the other side of the mass as cold air is released from the cloud and envelops the warm air on ground surface. The lightening will intensify as it rapidly becomes cloud to ground. Following the lightening display, rain in the form of ice crystals will disperse to the ground in the form of rice to gulf ball size hail!

The cloud mass will darken the ground to appear as night fall when a funnel is detected. The vortex of the funnel will form from the base of the cloud and descend slowly. Many witnesses classify this as: 'The finger of God!' Just before the Funnel makes landfall, you will not hear any forms of wild life in the immediate surroundings- it will be completely tranquil!

Once the funnel makes contact with the ground, the winds inside the vortex will gather velocity as well as stamina as it sounds like a freight train approaching! The path of a tornado is completely unpredictable! It can destroy a path a mile to several miles in width and travel the grounds through a few minutes or in some cases- a half hour or better! In most cases, this indeed has become the worst nightmare a victim has experienced! Tornados are not like any other storms; they can appear anywhere and cause extensive damage- not only to property- but emotionally in addition to psychically!

Once a severe thunderstorm has been detected by radar, keep your eyes on the sky above and prepare to seek immediate shelter! Follow the instructions provided by television, radio or other sources though emergency transmissions. Always pay strict attention to weather reports and bulletins

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