Large tornado

Large tornado

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Caption: Large tornado darkening the sky, with a breakout satellite tornado at left. A tornado is a violent rotating column of air that can form during the growth of a cumulonimbus (thunderstorm cloud). The largest tornadoes form from severe thunderstorms called supercells. Large tornadoes can be over 1.5 kilometres across and travel many kilometres before dissipating. This tornado destroyed several houses and was rated an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. An EF-4 tornado produces wind speeds between 267 and 322 kilometres per hour. Photographed in central Kansas, USA, on 23 May 2008.

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