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Sprawl Gives Tornadoes More Targets

Megan Lynch
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The more neighborhoods that are built in rural areas, the more likely it is they could be hit by tornados.

Experts tell KMOX News, it’s not that tornados are targetting more populated areas.  It’s just a matter of odds.  “There are more areas now covered with more dense populations, so when a tornado does strike a region that has a higher percentage of its area covered by high density, then there will be more damage and potential injury,” explains Bill Dannevik, meteorology professor and Chair of the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at Saint Louis University.

And while forecasting has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, Dannevik says getting information to people and getting them to take action will take more effort.

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