Topic – Wind and Water

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Wind and Water

When wind and water move quickly, they have a strong pushing force.
What can this pushing force do?


Wind is air that is moving. Wind creates a pushing force. Have you been outside on a very windy day? Strong wind can push you so hard that you almost fall over.

Hurricanes are storms with very strong winds. Hurricane winds can knock over trees and break windows. They can even blow the roof off a house.

Tornadoes are storms with wind that moves in circles. A tornado makes a shape like a funnel. It is wide at the top and narrow at the bottom.

Tornado winds have very strong force. Some tornadoes are so strong that they blow down houses. They can even flip cars and knock over heavy trucks.


When water moves quickly, it has a strong pushing force. A flash flood is a flood that happens quickly. The water moves fast over land and causes a lot of damage. A flash flood can push cars. It can even push a house off its basement foundation. The flood can also carry away soil that plants need to grow.

The pushing force of wind creates waves. Strong wind creates large waves that can be very dangerous. Large waves can wreck boats or houses on the shore. Very large waves can cause a flash flood.

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