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Tornadoes are a violent weather phenomenon with great destructive power. The U.S. is home to most of the world's tornadoes including the most violent tornadoes. They are most common in central U.S. region known as Tornado Alley. Our tornado coverage includes storm reports and highlights, tornado research and related tornado news.

  • Fishnado? Rain in Tampico, Mexico Included Small Fish
    Small fish were included in a light rain in northeast Mexico. The rain fell in Tampico, which is located on the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico. (September 28, 2017)

  • Tornado Threat from Hurricane Irma for Southeastern Florida
    There is an increasing tornado threat today from Hurricane Irma for Southeastern Florida. (September 9, 2017)

  • 360-Degree Video of Tornado Recorded in Colorado
    This 360-degree video of a close-range tornado was recorded neary Wray, Colorado. It was shared by AccuWeather. (May 23, 2016)

    Colorado Tornado Photograph Wins 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest
    A photograph of a Colorado tornado named DIRT has won the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. It was taken by James Smart. (December 29, 2015)

    El Reno Tornado Was a Record 2.6 Miles Wide
    The El Reno tornado on May 31 was a record 2.6 miles wide with winds of 295 mph. The storm took the lives of three veteran storm chasers. (June 4, 2013)

    Moore Oklahoma Tornado Threw Debris 20,000 Feet Into the Air
    The monster tornado that hit Moore Oklahoma on March 20 threw debris into the air as high as 20,000 feet. (May 21, 2013)

    Large Tornado Destroys Buildings in Northern Italy
    Amateur photographers captured a large tornado on the ground in Northern Italy. 12 people were injured and hundreds of buildings were damaged. (May 5, 2013)

    Rare Tornado Hits New Zealand Suburb, Destroys 150 Homes
    A rare powerful tornado struck a suburb in west Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday. (December 7, 2012)

    Colorado Mountains High Elevation Tornadoes
    A tornado that touched down in Colorado on July 28, 2012 was the second highest tornado recorded in U. (July 31, 2012)

    NASA Satellite Movie Shows Great Plains Tornado Outbreak from Space
    NASA has released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data showing the development and movement of the Great Plains tornado outbreak. (April 20, 2012)

    Nighttime Video of Large Tornado That Hit Woodward, Oklahoma
    This video from Woodward News shows just how terrifying a tornado at night can be. (April 15, 2012)

    Severe Tornado Outbreak Expected This Weekend in U.S.
    A severe weather outbreak with dangerous life-threatening tornadoes is being forecast for this weekend in the U. (April 14, 2012)

    Report: National Weather Service Testing Catastrophic Tornado Warnings
    The very large, powerful and destructive tornadoes over the past several years are leading to the National Weather Service creating more ominous storm warnings for some of the more deadly tornadic storm systems. (April 4, 2012)

    Surveillance Camera Captures Henryville Tornado as it Hit School Bus
    Henryville, Indiana was hit by a powerful EF4 tornado on March 2 during the early March 2012 tornado outbreak. (March 30, 2012)

    Widespread Tornado Watches Out for Tropical Storm Lee
    Tropical Storm Lee has weakened but remains a tropical storm with winds of 40 mph. (September 4, 2011)

    Joplin Fungus: Some Joplin Tornado Victims Suffering From Rare, Aggressive Fungal Infection
    At least five Joplin tornado victims are being treated for a rare, aggressive fungal infection. (June 11, 2011)

    2011 Tornado Season Already One of Ten Deadliest in U.S. History
    This has been a very bad tornado year in the U. (May 23, 2011)

    2011 Tornado Reports and Fatalities Trending Way Above Average in U.S.
    The number of tornadoes in the U. (May 5, 2011)

    Amateur Storm Chasers Recorded Amazing Footage of Monster Tuscaloosa Tornado
    Nate Hughett, 22, and Ryne Chandler, 25, chased the monster mile-wide tornado Wednesday, April 27, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (April 30, 2011)

    TRMM Satellite Shows Wednesday's Violent Storms Reached Heights of Over 10.6 Miles
    TRMM, a satellite managed by both NASA and the Japanese Space Agency, flew over severe thunderstorms that were spawning tornadoes over the eastern United States on 28 April 2011 at 0652 UTC (2:52 AM EDT). (April 28, 2011)

    Guys Record Video of Brooklyn Tornado
    Here is some footage from a couple guys who were in their apartment when the Brooklyn tornado went over them. (September 17, 2010)

    2008 Tornado Tally Off to a Fast Start
    The graph above shows the number of tornadoes for this year compared to recent years and to the ten-year average. (March 11, 2008)

    Deadly Super Tuesday Tornado Outbreak
    A rare string of powerful February tornadoes killed dozens of people and destroyed homes and businesses in the Mid-South. (February 8, 2008)

    New Satellite Imagery of Greensburg, Kansas EF5 Tornado
    The devastation caused by the powerful EF5 tornado that hit Greensburg, Kansas has now been captured on satellite images. (May 10, 2007)