Now THAT is hard down scarey!!
Winds like that I am pretty sure everything here would be gone, including us.
Three years ago a tornado hit one of our state parks where we ride.
It was so weird afterwards. You would be riding one trail and all looked perfectly normal. Then you would come to our lake trail and it looked as if
atomic bombs had gone off for miles. Trees in huge piles so thick you couldn't even walk in the area.
We climbed the mt. to the overlook so we could get a good look and it appeared the tornado had set down and traveled and then would leave the ground and set down somewhere else.
So many really old wonderful trees killed. At seventy two I'm pretty sure I will never see it looking anywhere near as it did again.
Odd it only hit the lower ground trails. The mt was fine.
Thanks for the link. I'll read up but
it'll probably scare me to death.
Tornadoes usually follow rivers and waterways. Hence why that tornado mainly stayed in low-lying areas.
It doesn't matter what size the waterway is either. About 35 years ago, we had an F4 completely decimate an entire town, then make its way north. It traveled about 25 miles, following the river. Then it jumped over and followed a small gully for several miles. It was only about a half-mile from our house. All of the trees south of our house were literally ripped up by their roots, and slammed back into the ground, upside-down.
The development of a tornado mainly depends on pressure differences. We live on a tall hill, but we've had about 20 hit around the house (within several hundred feet).
The damage a tornado can cause is daunting, to say the least. Honestly, it's usually better to just let livestock out if there's a big tornado coming your way. Ours have 20 acres to roam, so we don't worry about them too much. Some people in the northern part of the state will just open the gate, and let their horses go. Not the greatest move since relocating the animal is going to be difficult, but what else are you going to do when one of those monsters is headed your way?
My Mom always told me the story of a bull that hunkered down in a barn during a strong tornado. She said that the tornado took the nearby oat straw and impaled it into the wood of the barn, and the bull itself. They had to extract pieces of straw that were sticking completely through the bull's knees. Truly horrible. Thankfully he lived, but he was in a lot of pain that day.
Honestly, I'm scared to death of tornadoes! I'd be much more worried about them than just hail, but like another poster said, hail sometimes precedes a tornado.