Tornadoes strike downtown Ft. Lauderdale
It is a myth that cities, rivers, lakes, and hills provide protection from tornadoes. Once on the ground, a tornado truly doesn't care what sits in its path. Tornadoes can significantly damage anything from cornfields to skyscrapers. The reason why it may seem like cities rarely suffer tornado damage is because there is much more farmland and small towns in America for tornadoes to hit as opposed to large cities. The total amount of surface area covered by large cities simply pales in comparison to how much of the United States is flat and/or unincorporated. Cities like Cincinnati, St. Louis, Fort Worth, and even Chicago have been directly affected by tornadoes in the past, and nothing is preventing similar situations from happening again.