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.
The Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 22, 2011 is the most destructive tornado in U.S. history, causing $2.8 billion in damage.
It can, but the most destructive winds are usually found in subvortices that orbit within the funnel.
The Fuijta Scale rates tornado from F0 to F5 based on the severity of the damage they cause. An F3 is a strong tornado that will cause severe and often irreparable damage to frame houses. A house that takes F3 damage will lose it roof and many, if not most of the walls will collapse. F3 tornadoes can obliterate trailers (though this is considered F2 damage), throw cars, and lift train cars. About 4% of tornadoes are rated F3.
The damage that the most recent tornado has done is estimated to be worth over $10 million. These are the twin tornadoes that hit Nebraska on June 17, 2014.
The most expensive tornado on officiall record to date was the EF5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. The cost of damage was $2.8 billion.
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.
A strong enough tornado will cause damage to most things that happen to be in its path.
Most damage in a tornado is caused by the extremely fast winds.
A rating of EF5 is reserved for the tornadoes that cause the greatest degree of damage.
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.
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
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.
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.
Yes, and they have happened. Though most only cause minor damage.
The tornadoes that cause the most severe damage are rated EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale
The most likely outcome of a tornado is damage to property and vegetation.
The greatest amount of damage in a tornado is caused by extremely strong winds. Additional damage is from flying debris.