Extreme storms cause chaos in the South

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Tornadoes go hand-in-hand with thunderstorms.

Tornadoes swept through the South on Thursday, striking Colorado and Minnesota as high winds reached all the way to Texas.

For over a week now, central and southern states have suffered massive property damage from the cyclones, which can spin over 100 miles per hour.

Every late winter to mid-summer, the clash of moist warmth and cool dryness in the air, combined with swift winds changing direction spawns tornadoes from violent storms. Three of them hit Minnesota, one of which was a couple hundred yards wide, but fortunately no one was hurt and no major structures were wrecked.

In Colorado, which has a yearly average of 60 tornadoes and had over 500 in the past decade, two of them touched down this week. Although they only last a few minutes, people unlucky enough to get caught near one need to drive 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest kind!

Images courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.