Definition of tornado
1a : a violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the landb : a squall accompanying a thunderstorm in Africa
2 : a violent windstorm : whirlwind
3 archaic : a tropical thunderstorm
Examples of tornado in a Sentence
in the path of a tornado
Recent Examples of tornado from the Web
There is a small chance for high, damaging winds and small hail, but most storms will not be severe and no tornadoes are expected.
Gregg Miller, who was nearly killed by flying debris when the tornado tore off his roof and exploded his windows, says Andy came by with another officer to deliver blankets, gift cards and food.
The tornado is rated F5 and had a path width at times of a half-mile.
So if there were a flood, tornado, snowstorm or other natural disaster that left an area unmarked or cleared of housing, that mapping could be used to compare how the area looked before and after the event.
More extreme storms, including hurricanes, blizzards and tornadoes, can injure people, as well.
A tornado warning issued Tuesday afternoon (May 30) for Lafourche and central Jefferson parishes has since been lifted, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service planned to send a survey team to Sampson County on Tuesday to determine if the damage came from a tornado or straight-line winds.
Widespread winds up to 80 mph are possible, as are large hail and tornadoes.
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TORNADO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tornado for English Language Learners
: a violent and destructive storm in which powerful winds move around a central point
TORNADO Defined for Kids
Definition of tornado for Students
: a violent whirling wind accompanied by a cloud that is shaped like a funnel and moves overland in a narrow path
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