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Date: Jul 26 2013

Themes: Weather


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Tornadoes are a type of severe weather that can happen out of the blue. A tornado moves as fast as 300 miles per hour, smashing homes, cars, and anything else in its way. Living through a tornado must be a terrible ordeal.

Marni shares her experiences living in a tornado prone part of the US in this lesson about weather.


ordeal n.


Example We had quite an ordeal at the airport today. It was such a hassle to get onto the plane.

prone adj.


Example I'm prone to cry when saying goodbye to my dad.

out of the blue expr.


Example She didn't call to tell anyone she was coming. She just showed up *out of the blue*.

Example The hiring manager at my new company called me *out of the blue*. I hadn't even been looking for a new job!

Example It was totally *out of the blue* when he asked me out. I didn't think he liked me!

severe adj.


Example There damage caused by the fire was severe. The whole house burned down.

miles per hour n.


Example You must only drive 20 miles per hour by the school.

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Are tornadoes a problem where you live? Do you know anyone who has lived through a tornado? What do you think it feels like if a tornado is moving through your city?


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My parents used to call me “the force of nature” and they didn’t mean anything positive. As soon  as I arrived at the kitchen the cups and plates and bowls became alive and jumped out of my hands onto the floor. Of course, they broke and my mum was really disapponted with me. It was even worse when I did the washing-up. Very rarely I could live one day without breaking something. Thank God, now I’m not that disastrous.:))

08:37 PM Jul 31 2013 |



United States

I have seen them! (from a safe distance)

08:22 AM Jul 31 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i have never seen tornado!!who see that????please say about that to me!!!

08:02 AM Jul 31 2013 |



United States

tornado chasing is as risky as any other dangerous activity. But they know what they are doing. they definitely have the protocol and act according to it, no matter what turn the nature disaster can take.

11:54 AM Jul 29 2013 |




no, tornadoes are rare in my hometown  which located in middle part of China , but i did have one first hand experience .

few years ago when my parents just few miles away at their resturant , i was alone at home, chatting with a big sister in front of our house ,suddenly a big wind was blowing over , and the big sister was scared by it ,hurrily went into her house , since she was left , i got my laundry inside ,shut the door and lay on bed ,

the wind kept blowing outside , stronger and stronger , it didn’t took  long for me to realise that we were going through something serious ,and i even didn’t know which word to name this kind of weather 

as the wind kept growing , i can see the little trees outside was beaten up by it , i begun to panic , thinking where to hide if the house  crashed down . then i found the bottom of my bed was a good choice ,that’s a comfort :)

i pray in my heart , if the whole town can survive this , i will pay a visit to my anunt’s & uncle’s home , i will love life every minute …

then , after a while , the wind was gone , i fell asleep , everything returned to normal 

the  next  morning i still lived the life as always , no visit to my relatives’ home as i had totally forgotten what was going through my mind when we were sufferring that tornado 

of course , last night’s tornado was the topic of the town , everyone was involved in this topic , and something tragic happened to a family next town.

the little gal was the only surviver of the family , when the family was watching TV upstaris , the dad realised their house was going to crash, he hugged the little boy , and rushed to downstairs , bet it was too late to do that . 

guess where the little gal was hiding , it only gave ppl a very quick decision , so the gal was hiding beside a big furniture . and that’s lucky she can still survive .

05:32 PM Jul 28 2013 |



thanks God in my country we don’t suffer from tornadoes

11:14 PM Jul 27 2013 |

La Princesse de la vie


Well, I thank God there’s no tornadoes here where I live or even in the surrounding areas. We also don’t have any natural disasters that happen around. It’s a gift for us to be safe, and we are all grateful to God for this gift. 

I can never imagine a tornado hitting my city. That of course will be terrible, especially, there’s no preparation for that. 

I’m not a weather expert, but I think our geographical location is a safe one. But still, no one knows what can happen, and how strong nature is.

09:12 PM Jul 27 2013 |




well that must be a horrible situation, here in my country i’v never heard abt it. tnx god.. but i always afraid of that. one of my aunts lives in texas and i afraid that maybe one day she’ll face to this problem…

02:31 PM Jul 27 2013 |



United States

When they touch down, they can pull people out and gone. Whole houses can explode. Cars and roofs and boats can be tossed many miles away.  Bits of destroyed buildings can go through cement walls. The low pressure created by high winds in vortex pulls buildings apart and sucks things into the sky, the high winds turn the debris into shrapnel.  In 2003, one took the roof of the house across the street from me and flattened others.

Some tornado chasers died this season.  

In places like Texas and Oklahoma, basements are rare. They rely on shelters if they can afford or build one. Otherwise, it’s get someplace strong and pray.

07:29 AM Jul 27 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

As other Iranian fellows, it is so strange for me that almost I can not believe wind can make such tremendous power to destroy houses or kill people. I hope to see its beauty but not the devastation side of tornadoes.

06:33 AM Jul 27 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I just saw them in news.And I like them, they are beautiful and exiting, as long as they don’t cause damage.

PS:I really love have an exprience with them in a safe distance.

11:45 PM Jul 26 2013 |



Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I’ve never experienced that situation ‘cause in Africa there’s nothing

05:59 PM Jul 26 2013 |

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There is no Tornado in Taiwan but we have Typhoon here instead. During Typhoon days, everything seems to stop. Most people stay home and stores are closed too. The strong freaking wind and heavy pouring rain are batting down on trees, blowing off signs, smashing windows and flooding villages and roads. Many places are destroyed, traffic facilities are paralyzed and houses on the mountain are submerged by the mud-slide.

A typhoon day is really an ordeal. Since I have never lived in the Tornado prone area before, I can only image how terrible it would be and linking the horrify feeling from Typhoon with it.

04:33 PM Jul 26 2013 |



thankfully, i have never run into such a disease in alll my life.i hope i wont rest of my life.our country traits havent such a place where isnt devastating nature incidents 

04:15 PM Jul 26 2013 |




u too Diamir its not problem here

07:56 AM Jul 26 2013 |



Where I live in Germany tornadoes are not a problem.

06:09 AM Jul 26 2013 |

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nice movie beside it can destroy the near areas

02:08 AM Jul 26 2013 |

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