Tornadoes In Major Metropolitan Areas

By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Meteorologist Ray Hawthorne Email

The recent tornado to hit downtown Atlanta has many of us asking if it's unusual for a tornado to hit a major city.

Meteorologists say it's not unheard of. Oklahoma City, Dallas, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville and even New York City have had recorded tornado touchdowns. Experts say the only reason why there aren't many downtown hits is because the land size of metropolitan areas combined is far smaller than rural areas. Forecasters also say that large buildings do not destroy or prevent a tornado. Even the largest skyscrapers pale in size to the circulation of a tornado.

Check out the links below to see major cities that are known to have been hit by a tornado. Meteorologists at the Storm Prediction Center have also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions about tornadoes.

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