How far can you see a tornado?

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It varies widely depending on where you are relative to the tornado, how much rain and haze is in the area, and what else may be blocking you view. In good visibility a tornado may be visible from over 10 miles away. In the worst cases a tornado obscured by rain may not be visible until it actually hits you.

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