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Hurricanes and typhoons are really two words for the same thing. The only difference is where they occur. Both are defined as large-scale tropical cyclones with sustained winds of at least 74 mph. The only difference is that such as storm is called a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific, and is called a Typhoon in the western Pacific.

Tornadoes are completely different however.

Here is a comparison.

Characteristics of a hurricanes/typhoons:

  • Are their own, large scale storm systems
  • Are several hundred miles across
  • Take days to form, and last for days
  • Occur only over warm ocean water

Characteristics of tornadoes

  • Are dependent on a larger parent thunderstorm
  • Are small-scale vorticies typically no more than a few hundred yards wide, with the very largest being a mile or two wide.
  • Usually form in under an hour and last a few minutes. Many last less than a minute, with durations over an hour being rare.
  • Generally form over land.
  • Are usually made visible by a condensation funnel.
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