VIDEO: Tornado damages 50 homes in China
31st August 2021

Moment a tornado rips through Chinese city sending debris spinning through the air as it uproots trees and damages more than 50 homes

  • The tornado ripped through a residential complex in Huludao City in China 
  • Up to 50 homes were damaged during the storm’s one-minute rampage 
  • One person was injured and taken to hospital following the twister

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a powerful tornado ripped through a Chinese city, uprooting trees, flattening streetlights and destroying cars. 

At least 50 homes were damaged when the terrifying twister collided with buildings in Huludao city, in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning, on August 25.

Footage filmed by a resident from inside their flat shows the air column rapidly gaining strength as it spiralled closer, sweeping debris up into the air.

The tornado damaged 50 homes in Huludao city in China’s northeastern province of Liaoning, as well as ripping out trees. One person was taken to hospital for treatment following the storm

Despite only lasting for a minute, the tornado caused significant damage to homes hit by its powerful winds 

One resident filmed the storm approaching the window of his flat

The tornado smashed windows and ripped off balconies from this apartment complex 

The tornado lasted for about a minute but damaged more than 50 houses, uprooted trees, and knocked over street lights. 

One person was injured and was sent to the hospital for treatment.

Tornados are powerful rotating columns of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. 

They form when warm air rises through colder air, which can create spinning updrafts when winds move in different speeds and directions.

A tornado is a narrow, rapidly spinning column of air around an intense low pressure centre that reaches the ground from cumulonimbus clouds, also known as thunderstorm clouds, according to the Met Office.

Tornadoes have a narrow width, usually up to 100 metres (328 feet) but the damage can be concentrated and severe.

As they develop, funnel shaped clouds extend from the base of the cloud and when these reach the ground, a tornado is formed.

A tornado is a narrow, rapidly spinning column of air around an intense low pressure centre that reaches the ground from cumulonimbus clouds, also known as thunderstorm clouds, according to the Met Office. Pictured, a tornado over a field

Tornadoes can have wind speeds up to 483 kilometres per hour (300 miles per hour) and when they touch the ground can destroy trees and buildings in their path, throwing heavy objects like cars though the air like a Frisbee.

Tornadoes which occur over water are referred to as a waterspout and those which do not touch ground are referred to as a funnel cloud.

The highest surface wind speed ever recorded of 486 kilometres per hour (302 miles per hour) is a result of the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.

The greatest distance travelled by a single tornado was 352 kilometres (219 miles) from Ellington, Missouri to Princeton, Indiana, on 18 March 1925.

The most tornadoes in a single year were recorded in 2004. There were 1,820. 

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