Are hurricanes just really large tornadoes?



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    I guess in a way, they are very similar in that they are both weather events with high winds, but their location, the manner in which they form, and the duration set the two apart.  Tornadoes are short (about 10 minutes) storms that originate on land, from regions of low pressure and high pressure mixing. Hurricanes are much more sustained weather systems which form due to low pressure systems in the ocean. Additionally, the damage caused by the two storms differs in that tornados usually have a narrow path, and only damage the items in their path during touchdown, while a hurricane has a much larger path and can not only tear buildings apart, but also cause flooding.  To see more about the differences between tornadoes and hurricanes as well as their classification system see the links below.

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