A tornado is a violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, either pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud, and often (but not always) visible as a funnel cloud. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel originating from the base of a huge storm cloud, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a basal cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour (180 km/h), are about 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour (480 km/h), are more than two miles (3 km) in diameter, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).
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Origin: Real Life
Classification: Micro/mesoscale major whirlwind, weather phenomenon, natural disaster
Speed: Below Average Human to Superhuman (117 km/hr) travel speed. Superhuman (65 km/hr) to Subsonic (515+ km/hr) wind speed
Lifting Strength: At least Class 10 for tornadoes rated EF-3 or higher (EF-3 tornadoes have no difficulty throwing 2-3 ton automobiles dozens of meters and derailing trains; the 1995 Pampa EF-4 tornado moved machinery that weighted more than 13 tonnes, although it is unknown whether it was lifted or just pushed)
Note: High-end statistics were derived by combining the records for the widest, quickest, fastest (wind), and longest lived tornadoes and calculating them as a hypothetical tornado