More than a thousand tornadoes strike the United States every year according to the National Weather Service. Most tornadoes last less than ten minutes, but can destroy entire communities in that brief time. Winds have been estimated to exceed 300 miles per hour in some storms, but the brief nature makes tornadoes very difficult an analyze.
The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service assembled a massive amount of information about tornadoes including this list including answers to dozens of frequently asked questions.
Experts unanimously agree that the key to Surviving Severe Weather comes from planning. The National Weather Service in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has created this Family Planning Guide that you can download right here.