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Tornado

Although not affecting as large an area as a hurricane, a tornado generally has higher wind speed and does more extensive damage.  On the average, Texas experiences 124 tornados, 10 tornado related deaths, 124 injuries and $43 million in damages annually. Since tornadoes often are spawned by hurricanes, they have the potential of impacting already damaged structures and systems during extremely critical times.  The coalition will hasten the development of safer structures that provide areas of refuge, more storm-resistant power and communication systems, and better systems for educating and warning people of approaching tornadoes.