Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Gone in seconds: Shocking pictures reveal devastating impact of deadly tornado cluster that tore through two Texas cities

This effect is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.People, cars, and even buildings can be ripped into the air, and most injuries and deaths are caused by flying debris.

The easily recognisable 'twisters' are formed in thunderstorms and are often accompanied by hail. Pictures emerging from Dallas have already shown huge hailstorms hitting areas already ripped apart by the storms.

Although they occur around the world, the U.S. is a major hotspot with an estimated thousand tornadoes every year, causing 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries per year.

The most notorious area is so-called 'Tornado Alley,' a region that includes eastern South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, northern Texas, and eastern Colorado. Last year was a record breaking one for the tornado in the U.S.

However, the biggest ever 'Super Outbreak' occurred on April 3-4, 1974 with more than 148 tornadoes that killed 330 people. Read More