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A Tornado Hits The Weather Channel


Tornadoes are one of the most feared and destructive forces on the planet
capable of producing
Catastrophic damage in a matter of seconds and it’s that trail of destruction that is used to determine the tornados rating
It’s called the Enhanced Fujita scale or EF scale and today all the ingredients are coming together for some big storms
Let’s take a look outside
Trouble is already brewing. We’ve got a tornado warning for that cell right there
This is when you and your family need to get to your safe place to ride out the storm
Wow take a look at this storm. It’s incredible. Great looking structure here guys
We’ve got rotation going on at the base here. Alright a lowering of that base
We call this a supercell by the way a rotating thunderstorm is a supercell not all of them produced tornadoes
But this one’s got a chance. We’re watching this base. It’s lowering almost looks like there’s a funnel
Starting to appear from the wall cloud. Yes. There it is. Do we have debris on the ground? Yes, we do
There’s a debris cloud a connection
Now you have a tornado on the ground a tornado on the ground at this time when tornadoes form they’re not usually that wide
Okay, just like this one, but it’s important to point out that size doesn’t always equate to the intensity today
There’s a mobile Doppler radar actually feeding back real-time wind speeds, you know
And I’m being told that those wind speeds are approaching about 85 miles per hour
So that’s likely going to be an EF-0. All right
EF-0 damage here is tree branches thrown around some roof shingles peel back, but hold on. Let’s look at this tornado
It’s going for more of a rope now to a much thicker tone a much wider 22 looks more like a stovepipe now
It’s called stovepipe because it resembles one this can produce EF-1 damage potentially
All right, 86 to 110 mile-per-hour winds here. Mobile homes now can be flipped or rolled roof severely damaged here
And there can be extensive power outages…[power line falls over]
jeez that was close
Look at when you got a tornado like this power lines are gonna fall sometimes like dominoes just like you see here
You’ve got to stay clear of these even if they don’t appear to be live
They’re still extremely dangerous the ground may be energized around the pole
All right stand at least 40 feet away and frankly if you’re standing where I am, you’re way too close; way too close
All right, that was intense. Let’s keep looking at this tornado because it’s still moving toward us and from what I’m hearing
From the Doppler on wheels. It is still intensifying they’re giving winds now 111 to 135 miles per hour
So this is likely an EF-2
All right
If they can find the damage that equal today that is equal to that
Winds are now strong enough to not just roll a mobile home
But completely destroy it tear off complete rooms and send debris through the air like missiles. [2 by 4 breaks window]
Geez! How are you gonna get out of the way of that thing?
This is exactly why we need you away from all the exterior walls
Because debris flying through the air like that leads to so many injuries and deaths and tornadoes
We’re still under a tornado warning. The twister is now more than likely producing EF-3 damage
Doppler winds exceed a 150 miles per hour
This tornado is capable of severely damaging large structures and destroying
Well-constructed homes like this one that we brought into the studio roofs gone
The only thing left in this house are a few interior rooms
All right, the safest place in this house is the central bathroom
This is the lowest level that you should be in if you don’t have a shelter that is below ground
put as many walls between you and the outside that you can and remember when you go to take cover grab a helmet grab a
Sturdy pair of shoes because you have to walk outside after the tornado and that presents all kinds of new hazards
Clearly an EF-3 is life-threatening. Thankfully that less than 1% of all tornadoes
In the US are classified higher the problem is that’s exactly what we’re seeing here
The mobile Doppler radar now detecting winds in excess of 180 miles per hour that is likely EF-4 damage
I mean look at the funnel
You can’t even see it from edge to edge this type of tornado is pulverizing everything in its path
Huge heavy objects thrown into the air and carried several hundred feet
[car falls to ground]
Geez you got to be kidding me
Look at this this beat-up
3000 pound car it was lofted by the tornado and tossed around with that piece of wood that we saw earlier
It could have come from a mile away
Mangled. We got gasoline leaking out
That’s even creating more hazards, you know
It’s not unusual for tornadoes to displace large objects in the past
A bus was carried a half a mile a mattress some 40 miles and paper
lofted and carrying over
200 miles from its original starting place
Surely this tornado is lofting objects up and centrifuge in the mouth. It means business and believe it or not. It is actually getting stronger
This thing is this is called a wedge tornado it is wider than it is tall they
Two miles across
Imagine that thing coming at you with 200 mile-per-hour winds. This is a deadly EF5. Lights?
Yeah, they’re starting to flicker now. We’re about to get hit. This is as bad as it gets
I’m grabbing my helmet and I’m taking shelter now
I’ve made my way to the Weather Channel escape room. This happens to be our fire suppression room
But in your case, it may be a bathroom
It may be an interior closet somewhere when you are at the farthest distance on the first floor from the outside walks
What’s going on there?
Those big objects. Maybe the roof is being torn off. We don’t know, but I’ve got a helmet but that sturdy pair of shoes
You’re gonna walk out of here
Take a deep breath for you emerge
From your safe room because you’re not gonna believe when you’re gonna see a special ability here and going on outside
Here’s the deal I’m gonna stay with you guys as long as I possibly can until we lose our signal which may have been at any time
Unbelievable
Absolute utter destruction a sea of destruction as this area took a direct hit while we were away in our storm shelter
I mean this is terrible homes completely wiped off their foundation here
Asphalt ripped up from the ground to the point where we don’t even know what street that we’re on here
Even automobiles stripped of their paint we can still smell gas
Some fires going on behind us in through here. This is a hazardous situation
So we know the tornado has passed for you and your family your pets
Make sure that you recognize this we have huge pieces of debris
Sharp edges all over the place, nails, two by fours with nails that are sticking up on the ground. Be careful where you walk once you emerge from the tornado shelter
This is
classic EF5 damage. People’s lives have been changed forever
And although rare these types of tornadoes and this type of destruction are a reality for this country
Think back to Moore Oklahoma on a couple of occasions
Joplin Missouri of recents
Tuscaloosa, Alabama strong EF-4 there. Complete towns can be wiped off the map like Greensburg, Kansas
was back in May of 2007. No one in America is safe from the threat of a tornado
Even in the winter you need to have a plan that’s communicated with your family and acted upon when you’re under a tornado warning
You won’t know the EF rating until the damage is done
So be prepared for any tornado no matter what the size or the EF rating

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