A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground

Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures,

uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles.

Tornadoes damaged an estimated 1,000 homes in Texas were spawning more twisters Tuesday as it pushed east.

and now the storm is spawning more twisters in Mississippi and Louisiana

Tornado watches were in effect for eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, much of Alabama and a portion of the Florida Panhandle.

Etymology. The word "tornado" is an altered form of the Spanish word tronada, which means "thunderstorm". This in turn was taken from the Latin tonare, meaning "to thunder".