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龙卷风Tornado

2006-07-12 08:14

  ELIZA: There is a tornado warning on. My mother just told me she heard it on the radio.

  LEE: What is a tornado warning?

  ELIZA: It means that a tornado has been seen somewhere in the area.

  LEE: Really? In New Berlin?

  ELIZA: No. Not necessarily in town. But in southern Wisconsin somewhere.

  A tornado has been spotted. They have two stages here.

  This is what is called a “tornado watch.”

  That means that the weather conditions are perfect for a tornado.

  LEE: I understand. They think a tornado might come.

  ELIZA: Yes. People should look out, because maybe there will be tornadoes coming.

  So it's called a “watch.”

  LEE: And the second stage is called a “tornado warning”。

  ELIZA: Yes. If a tornado has been spotted, they announce a “tornado warning”。

  So if there's a tornado warning on, it means a tornado is out there somewhere.

  LEE: It's scary.

  ELIZA: Well. Tornadoes can be dangerous, it's true.

  If we hear something like a loud train coming, then we have to go in the basement.

  LEE: What do you mean “a loud train”?

  ELIZA: That is what tornadoes sound like. They sound like trains. They're very loud.

  LEE: But if you hear them coming, isn't it already too late?

  ELIZA: Maybe. It depends on the tornado.

  Some can move across the ground at 200 miles an hour.

  That is very fast. Others aren't so fast.

  LEE: Have you seen a lot of them?

  ELIZA: I've only seen one in my life. I was looking out the window.

  It was around two miles away. It was very interesting to watch.

  But it was heading toward my friend's house. So I quickly called them on the phone.

  LEE: Did it hit their house?

  ELIZA: No, it didn't. But they are glad I called them.

  LEE: What were they doing when you called?

  ELIZA: They were all sitting in the living room watching TV.

  They had no idea a tornado was coming toward their house.

  If it had hit them, they could have all been killed.

  LEE: That's terrible. Do many people die in tornadoes?

  ELIZA: Not so many really. But a lot of houses are destroyed sometimes.

  艾丽沙:有一个龙卷风的警报,我妈刚刚告诉我她从收音机听到的。

  李:什么是龙卷风警报?

  艾丽沙:就是有一个龙卷风已经在这个区域出没。

  李:真的?在新柏林?

  艾丽沙:不,并不一定在城里,但在南威斯康辛州某处。

  有一个龙卷风已经被监控。他们分为两个等级,

  现阶段称做“龙卷风警戒”,

  表示天气状况是形成龙卷风的最佳状态。

  李:我懂了,他们认为龙卷风可能会来袭。

  艾丽沙:是的,大家要当心,因为也许龙卷风就要来袭,

  所以称做警戒。

  李:而第二等级称做“龙卷风警报”。

  艾丽沙:是的,如果龙卷风已经被监测到,他们就会宣布“龙卷风警报”。

  因此,若已提出龙卷风警报,那表示一个龙卷风已在某处。

  李:真可怕。

  艾丽沙:嗯,龙卷风可以很危险的,是真的。

  如果我们听到什么像轰隆的火车接近声的,我们必须进入地下室。

  李:什么是“轰隆的火车”?

  艾丽沙:那就是龙卷风听起来的声音,他们听起来像火车声,非常大声。

  李:但是如果你听到它们来临了,不是已经太晚了吗?

  艾丽沙:很可能,要视龙卷风而定。

  有些一小时可以在地面横越两百里。

  那是非常快的,其他的没这么快。

  李:你看过很多龙卷风吗?

  艾丽沙:我这生只看过一次,从窗户望出去的,

  大概在二里外的地方,观看是很有趣的。

  但是它直扫向我朋友的房屋,所以我赶紧打电话给他们。

  李:它有打中他们的房屋吗?

  艾丽沙:没有,但是我朋友很高兴我打电话给他们。

  李:你电话时,他们在做什么?

  艾丽沙:他们全都坐在客厅看电视,

  一点也不知道龙卷风正向他们的房子接近。

  如果当时真打中他们,他们可能全都一命呜呼。

  李:真是太可怕了。有很多人丧生于龙卷风吗?

  艾丽沙:是不太多啦,但是有时候很多房屋被摧毁。

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