Are cities less likely to get hit by tornadoes than rural areas?
Yes, cities are much less likely to get hit by tornadoes than rural areas because cities are much smaller than rural areas. (On the other hand, when they do get hit, urban damage is more likely to be reported.) A city probably is just as likely to be hit as the same size rural area next to it, but some people speculate the heat island effect might have some influence. Note that St. Louis (1871, 1896, 1927, 1959, 2007), Salt Lake City (1999), Fort Worth (2000) and of course Greensburg KS (2007) among others have been hit by tornadoes.
Although tornados are less likely to hit a metro area there are some notable Metro Strikes at this link http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/downtown.html
Cities are just as likely to be hit by a tornado, but it depends where the thunderstorm is. If it is headed to your city and it is a supercell, then a tornado has as good a chance as any to form as it would in a field. It all depends on how strong the thunderstorm is.
Neither. Most tornadoes strike rural areas and never touch cities. Of those that do, more hit smaller cities. This, however, is not because something about cities prevent them from being hit. It is simply a matter of geometric probability. Most tornadoes occur in rural area simply because most of the land area of any country is either rural or wilderness. The area cities take up is tiny by comparison, and an equally small percentage of…
tornadoes don't touch down in cities that often because 95% of US land is rural. only 1% is city and 4% is suburban. so there is only one percent chance of a tornado hitting your cities land. but they do happen Miami, Houston/fort worth, and Oklahoma city have all been hit by tornadoes in the last ten years.
An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it.Urban areas may be cities, towns or conurbations... Rural area are settled places outside towns and cities. they can have an agricultural character,though many rural areas are based on natural gas, petroleum, etc... rural areas are less modern and open than urban areas.