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Living In The Epicenter Of 'Tornado Alley'

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This photo taken May 24, 2016, shows a tornado sweeping across the countryside outside of Dodge City, Kansas.

While tornados can't be stopped, better technology means the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can see weather patterns favorable for their formation days ahead of time.

Segment begins at 1:00: The channel formed between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains is the ideal breeding ground for destructive weather phenomena.
There are specific reasons why twisters form so readily in states like Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. A meteorologist and emergency preparedness expert explains why Tornado Alley deserves its name, and he shares practical tips for severe weather preparedness.

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