How Far Do Tornadoes Move?

Tornadoes, those powerful funnel-shaped windstorms, move along at about 30 miles per hour, carrying winds that may gust up to 200 miles per hour.

Most tornadoes follow a path about a quarter- mile wide and 15 miles long, and last less than 20 minutes. But some especially powerful tornadoes move along at more than 40 miles per hour, traveling a path up to a mile and a half wide and 200 miles long, and may last three hours!

A tornado in 1931 carried an 83-ton railroad car and its 117 passengers a distance of 80 feet, while another tornado carried a refrigerator two miles!

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  1. I live somewhere and one day there was a giant tornado and it picked me up and carried me about 10 miles into the next town. I was ok but I lost my favorite banjo!

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