PHOTOS: What is the Deadliest Tornado Type?

By Katy Galimberti, Staff Writer
July 15, 2014; 6:43 AM ET
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Tornadoes are some of the deadliest and most damaging weather phenomena. With several different tornado classifications, some types can cause more damage than others.

Still, no tornado threat should be taken lightly. With approximately 1,200 striking the United States every year, the risk of destruction is possible when a twister touches down. Damage is ranked on a scale of EF0 to EF5, with EF5 being the most catastrophic.

Damage varies between types as the strength of the storms produces different shapes, sizes and intensity.

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The humidity, temperature, terrain and other factors cause the development of various types.

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Tornado warnings should always be taken seriously and the best way to be safe from incoming devastation is to be prepared and have a safety plan in place.

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