Is it likely or possible for a human to live through a tornado?

When they are lifted up, would the gravity pull take their oxygen, thus leaving them motionless and breathless? What exactly would happen? And if not dead in the tornado, would it be likely to die falling to the ground (with the gravity pushing against you)? Please also explain how tall and wide the average tornado is! It would also be very interesting to hear from someone who has really been in one! Thanks :)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I've been in a tornado. It is quite an experience alright. This tornado wasn't too wide, maybe 100 yards - and moving across the ground at about 30 mph. It came right at our house and lifted just slightly as it passed overhead. The houses in front of my house were gone, the houses behind my house had their roofs ripped off. My brother was watching the rain hit the picture window, and when it was on top of us, the window was just white from the water - you could see nothing. I was on the front porch when it hit. Just like that the picture window came crashing thru the house giving my brother 2 huge black eyes. The pressure of the air was pushing the porch door so hard, I couldn't open it. My mom was inside trying to pull the door open - I was pushing. We could only see each other through the glass window in the door. I was hanging on the doorknob for dear life :-) I felt myself get very light and my feet almost came off the porch when the glass in the door broke. Me and my mom grabbed each other through the broken window. I was already blinded by debris and I think that's why I wasn't blinded by the glass. I already had my eyes closed. I was shattered with flying glass - My face and arms had cuts all over. When the door window broke, it 'released' the pressure holding it closed and we were able to open the door. My mom was trying to get my brother and sister down into the basement. The room had about 2 feet of water in it. Everything was floating. The tornado was right overhead. The whole house was shaking. It was a really loud sound. We were just able to get into the basement and stuff came flying into the house. Rocks, wood, etc. It lasted about 3 minutes - and then we came out of the basement just in time to see the houses behind us getting clobbered. I was on the front porch watching it come at us, but was just facinated at the destruction it was causing before it hit. I can laugh now - but no one was laughing when it hit. :-) I'll never forget the look on my brother and sister face when that picture window crashed down on them - I'll never forget the panic look in my mom's face.

    Ya wanna hear something ironic? About 8 years later I was drafted into the Viet Nam War, so I enlisted in the Air Force before the Army could get me. I ended up being a weatherman and was assigned to chasing tornados to launch weatherballoons into them along 'Tornado Alley' (nickname for route 66 from Chicago to Oklahoma where the most tornados occur). Funny thing, being a tornado chaser wasn't even close to being in one - not even close. :-)

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you were to be sucked up by a tornado, you would most likely die from injuries sustained while in the cyclone. If the tornado is whipping around objects like wood planks and stuff like that and some of those hit you, you could easily die. I dont think the tornado would lose all if its air molecules. AIR MOLECULES such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen are what make up the winds of tornados, so obviously you will be able to breath. If you manage to escape the grasp of the tornado, you will probably be thrown far far away and then sustain extreme injuries or even die from the landing... you better hope you land in a creak or something and hope the tornado doesn't suck you in again lol.

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  • just dive in hold on to an object or cow and when the tornado throws u both push off and hope u land safely.these are the instructions to surviving a tornado.

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  • Chula
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Actually, people have lived through a tornado.

    And it is the landing that kills most people.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you would probably be killed in a tornado by large things flying around which the tornado picked up of his path.

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  • Meghan
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    i read in the newspaper about a baby who was carried away in a tornado, and was found, safe, a couple towns over. so i guess it's possible to not die.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would not bet on surviving, but it is possible:

    http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?A...

    Tornado's vary in size:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado

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  • 1 decade ago

    Anything is possible if not probable

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