This passage talks tornadoes and the damage that they can cause.

Lexile Level: 450L

Categories: Science & Technology Animals & Nature

A tornado is a storm. It is shaped like a funnel. A tornado is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. A tornado is usually dark gray. It is a very powerful and dangerous storm. Inside a tornado, there is a lot of wind. The wind moves very fast. It can be as fast as 300 miles per hour. Tornadoes can pick up things and throw them around. A strong tornado could pick up a car. Tornadoes come in different sizes. A really big tornado can be a mile wide. Tornadoes can happen anywhere. The middle part of the United States has the most tornadoes. It is called Tornado Alley. Tornado Alley runs from north Texas to the Dakotas. Most tornadoes hit in spring or summer. Tornadoes don't last long. A tornado can be over in a few minutes. A tornado on water is called a waterspout.

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