Hurricanes and tornadoes are easily the most destructive. I’m sure you’ve heard of Hurricane Katrina, which basically leveled New Orleans in 2005. Tornadoes often tear through the Midwest, destroying everything in their paths. Also worthy of note are tsunamis, huge waves that can crash down on coastal cities, wrecking havoc on its inhabitants and their property. There is some reason to believe that these sorts of extreme weather events have been partially caused by global warming.
Hurricanes and tornados. Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, these destructive forces of nature are found most frequently in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries. A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of 250 mph or more. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Once a tornado in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, carried a motel sign 30 miles and dropped it in Arkansas!
All natural disasters are certainly capable of incredible destruction, however hurricanes and earthquakes often top the list.
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