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Minnesotans know a bit about tornadoes. We average 27 a year, but in 2011 we had 113. As Hurricane Isaac bears down on New Orleans, we wondered. Which is worse: a hurricane or a tornado?


A hurricane is generally worse. Since they are much larger than tornadoes they can cause more damage and kill more people. e.g. A number of hurricanes have killed over 1,000 people, but only one ...


For an individual affected, they are comparable, at least initially. Both an intense tornado and an intense hurricane are capable of destroying a home, leaving the victim homeless. For large scale impacts, the hurricane is far worse. Tornadoes are at most a mile wide and pass through in a minute or two.


Tornadoes occur more frequently than hurricanes and tornadoes are worse than hurricanes. The winds of a Tornado can reach up to 200 mph, while a hurricane's winds top out at about 145 for a category 4 or 5 hurricane.


Hurricane versus Tornado comparison chart; Hurricane Tornado; About: A hurricane is a cyclone that is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, or the NE Pacific Ocean east of the International Date Line, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E, and with sustained winds that reach or exceed 74 mph.: A tornado is a rotating column of air ranging in width from a few yards to more than a mile and ...


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A thunderstorm is a storm that is produced by a cumulonimbus cloud, or thunderhead, that includes rain showers, lightning, and thunder. Thunderstorms are most hazardous when rain decreases visibility, hail falls, lightning strikes or tornadoes develop. A thunderstorm starts when the sun heats the earth's surface and warms the layer of air above it.


Definitions of cyclones and hurricanes. A cyclone is defined in the dictionary as "an atmospheric system characterized by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center, usually accompanied by stormy often destructive weather".. A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone with sustained winds that exceed 74 mph and accompanied by rain, thunder and lightning.