An unexplained, local split in the atmosphere causes a series of total unpredictable, yet devastating tornadoes. Rookie fireman Brian Flynn gets trapped in the underground sewage with his girlfriend, deputy mayor James 'Jim' Lawrence and climatologist Dr. Cassie Lawrence's niece Lori. Mayor Leonardo of New York initially refuses to pay proper attention to the phenomenon, a 'reelection threat', so the alert status remains too low for long. Atypical lightning discovered inside tornadoes adds unprecedented dangers. The Lawrences and aeronautics renegade Dr. Lars Liggenhorn conceive a possible solution by launching rockets, but NASA's Dr. Quinn overrules them, imposing standard silver iodine.
Did You Know?
Although it's mentioned by any character, a tornado is measured by its destructive force with the Fujita's Scale. It was named after Tetsuya Fujita, who in 1971 in collaboration with Allan Pearson created a scale to differentiate a twister according the wind speed:
F0: 60-117 km/h or 45-72 mph (light damage).
F1: 117-181 km/h or 73-112 mph (moderate damage).
F2: 181-250 km/h or 113-157 mph (significant damage).
F3: 250-320 km/h or 158-206 mph (severe damage).
F4: 320-420 km/h or 207-260 mph (devastating damage).
F5: 420-510 km/h or 261-308 mph (incredible damage).
F6: 510-610 km/h or 309-379 mph (altough initially Fujita scale have five marks, in 1999 a tornado located in Bridge CreekMoore, Oklahoma, devastated with a force more powerful never seen before. It was the only one F6 registered in history, despite The United States National Weather Service officially maintains that the Bridge Creek-Moore tornado was a F5, not F6). See more
Several of the photographs downloaded from the park victim's camera show him from behind while he is shooting those same photos. The shots are just stills taken from the original scene. See more