What are tornadoes? Tornadoes (or twisters) are spiral, violent winds that can destroy everything in their path. They are mostly in America, but other countries all over the world can have tornadoes too.
Tornadoes are large, funnel-shaped clouds, that look like a long rope sweeping across the land. They can be black, grey or even white. Tornadoes travel at different speeds and can last from a few minutes up to an hour.
They are very dangerous, so you must follow this advice if there is a tornado warning:
• The safest place to be during a tornado is in a tornado shelter or a basement. If you are not near one, then a bathroom with no windows is a good place.
• Protect your head and neck by pulling a mattress or sleeping bag over your head.
• Keep water, food and a first-aid kit in the shelter and don’t leave until you are sure the tornado is over.
Tornadoes are not very dangerous
Tornadoes only happen in America.
Tornadoes can be different colours.
If there is a tornado, you should find shelter near a window.
You should cover your head with a mattress or blanket.
You shouldn’t leave your shelter until the tornado is over.