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Disaster loan offered to residents hit by tornado in Sunrise, Florida – What Causes Tornados?
Relief is on the way for the residents of Sunrise, Florida impacted by last week's tornados. Learn What Causes Tornados?
Low-income disaster loans are now available to home and business owners in Broward County who sustained damage after a tornado with winds up to 130 miles per hour damaged as much as 70 homes on Oct. 19.
Residents can apply for help through the US Small Business Administration by Dec. 27.
For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management visit:
For more information, contact SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@
What causes tornadoes?
Thunderstorms develop in warm, moist air in advance of eastward-moving cold fronts. These thunderstorms often produce large hail, strong winds, and tornadoes. Tornados in the winter and early spring are often associated with strong, frontal systems that form in the Central States and move east. Occasionally, large outbreaks of tornadoes occur with this type of weather pattern. Several states may be affected numerous severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Before thunderstorms develop, a change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed with increasing height creates an invisible, horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere.
Rising air within the thunderstorm updraft tilts the rotating air from horizontal to vertical.
An area of rotation, 2-6 miles wide, now extends through much of the storm. Most strong and violent tornadoes form within this area of strong rotation.
A lower cloud base in the center of the photograph identifies an area of rotation known as a rotating wall cloud. This area is often nearly rain-free. Note rain in the background.
Moments later a strong tornado develops in this area. Softball-size hail and damaging "straight-line"
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