Tornadoes Introduction

What is Tornado ?

A tornado is a violently circling column of air extending from a thunderstorm that makes contact with the ground and results from hot, moist air rising into the upper atmosphere. Depending on atmospheric conditions, this humid air can become tornadoes, hail, thunderstorms with lightning, or line-wide winds.

While scientists do not say these storms are getting worse or more frequent, insured losses are increasing due to increasing population and economic development. Also, the geographical locations of these storms appear to be changing. They are moving away from their former known “Tornado Alley” location to the Southern U.S., where tornado formations are developing farther to the east.

Tornado strength

Tornado Facts

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 1,000 tornadoes are reported across the U.S. annually.

The enhanced Fujita scale (E.F.) calculates tornado strength. The scale rates tornadoes from 0 to 5, according to the amount and type of wind damage. Twenty-eight indicators of damage rate the destruction of a wide range of structures, from trees to malls.

Tornadoes are the most frequent and destructive natural disasters in the U.S. Insured losses from these storms average around $17 billion annually across the U.S.

When tornadoes happen, the CPPA Firm gets you the best claim settlement.


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