1. tornado たつまき
2. mountainous area やまち
3. ditch みぞ
4. shelter 避難所
5. fierce 激しい
6. air pressure 空気圧
7. debris 残骸
Recently, I saw in the news that there were tornadoes in Japan. I think this is very unusual for Japan. Usually, tornadoes occur in flat, wide-open areas, and not in mountainous areas like Japan. However, I noticed that more and more mountains are being flattened to build houses. I wonder if this has something to do with it. Unfortunately, one person was killed as a result of the tornadoes. Watching it on TV was pretty scary.
My hometown in Florida is a flat area, and so there are some tornadoes every year. I remember when I was in elementary school, we had drills on what to do if a tornado came. In case of a tornado, we were told to stay away from the windows and to try to hide in a low place like a basement or a ditch. I saw a few tornadoes, but they were very far away. My worst experience was during Hurricane Ivan. I was in a shelter with my family, and suddenly a tornado was coming. The whole building was shaking like a train was coming by. Some guys in another room started yelling for help, and I rushed to help them keep the doors shut. Even though they were big heavy double doors, the air pressure from the tornado was trying to rip then open. We could hear the fierce wind as the tornado passed by. It sounded like a huge monster was outside. The next morning when it was all over and I went outside, I could see damage everywhere; cars were flipped over, tall trees snapped it half and sides of buildings gone. We couldn't go home right away because the roads were covered in debris. A few days later, when I could finally get to my apartment, I saw that a tornado had been here. The apartment next to mine had the whole wall torn off. I could see inside! But my apartment was safe. I was so lucky!
Check out this video of a recent tornado in Texas. -->http://youtu.be/WABqwKjQM_c
How about you?
1. Have you ever been involved in or seen a tornado?
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