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How are tornadoes and hurricanes similar?


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October 21, 2014 6:52PM

Hurricanes and tornadoes are both natural disasters that produce powerful, destructive winds that spiral cyclonically inwards via low pressure (clockwise in the southern hemisphere, counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere).

Hurricanes have a calm, clear eye at the center of rotation and it is believed that many tornadoes have a similar feature.

Both have scales for rating intensity:

  • Tornadoes are rated on the Fujita scale from F0 to F5 based on damage, some countries, including the United States have upgraded to the Enhanced Fujita scale (EF0 to EF5).
  • Hurricanes are rated on the Saffir-Simpson scale from Category 1 to Category 5.