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Watch: How the Oklahoma Tornado Was Formed

BBC weather presenter Ben Rich explains the formation of twisters
How the Oklahoma Tornado Was Formed
Dozens of people are feared dead and more than 140 injured after a huge tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday. BBC weather presenter Ben Rich explains how the tornado was formed. The formation occurs as warm air from the Gulf wafts north and is met by cold air from the Northwest. These colliding air masses cause strong thunderstorms and winds which can blow at different levels in the atmosphere, as well as blow in different directions, causing the storms to spin and ultimately form a tornado. According to Rich, there typically isn't much warning as to where a twister will hit until it forms.

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Massive Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma
Moore, Oklahoma, Tornadoes

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DanD

SAD! You'd think that after all these years (decades) they would have better monitors that could give more advanced warnings. Also, as they rebuild, they should require things such as underground shelters for every home, and "wind breaks" in the form of man-made mounds tall enough to disrupt the winds .... But that's just me.....

May 21 2013 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Papijonnie77

Let t's us pray for these People and tier families.. Just pray and hope that these people knew Jesus as a personal savior! Too much loss..and sorrow... It hit me too with my son and wife getting hit at home in Kansas! Anyone FB family and friends affected my condolences goes to you!

May 21 2013 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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