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The extremely powerful winds of a tornado cause the most damage. Debris carried by the wind is also very damaging, but exactly how much of the damage is caused by debris or wind is unclear and likely varies considerably depending on the tornado and where it occurs. Debris is a more significant factor for a tornado that goes through a town than for one that only hits isolated farms.

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Q: What elements cause the most damage in a tornado?
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When was the tornado that caused the most expensive damage?

The tornado that cause the most damage on record touched down on May 22, 2011. It struck Joplin, Missouri causing $2.8 billion in damage.

What else do tornadoes damage?

A strong enough tornado will cause damage to most things that happen to be in its path.

Where does the damage come from the most in a tornado?

Most damage in a tornado is caused by the extremely fast winds.

Which ranking indicates the tornado that causes the most damage?

A rating of EF5 is reserved for the tornadoes that cause the greatest degree of damage.

Tornado cause damage because they cause homes and buildings to cave on the winds true or false?

True. One of the most common ways for a tornado to cause damage is by tearing off the roof of a building, which causes the walls to lose stability.

How much damage does a space tornado do?

A space tornado can cause serious damage, usually 2-4 miles wide if it touches ground. But most of the time, it doesn't touches ground

What is the most destructive elements of Joplin?

The Joplin tornado of 2011 was a Multiple-vortex tornado. Inside the main circulation were smaller vortices that packed stronger winds than the rest of the tornado. These subvortices are what caused the most severe damage.

How much damage did the biggest tornado cause?

The largest tornado even recorded caused about $160 million dollars in damage, but keep in mind this wasn't the most damaging tornado or the strongest. The tornado with the strongest recorded winds caused $1 billion in damage (about $1.3 billion in today's dollars). The most damaging tornado recorded caused the equivalent of $1.7 billion in today's dollars.

Can ever a tornado happen in England?

Yes, and they have happened. Though most only cause minor damage.

What is the most damaging tornado classified as?

The tornadoes that cause the most severe damage are rated EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale

In a tornado what is most likely to happen?

The most likely outcome of a tornado is damage to property and vegetation.

What causes most damage from a tornado?

The greatest amount of damage in a tornado is caused by extremely strong winds. Additional damage is from flying debris.