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Which is deadlier a Tornado or a Hurricane?


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May 30, 2012 4:01AM

A hurricane can inflict a higher death toll than a tornado largely because it affects a much bigger area.

Also, there are more ways that hurricanes can kill.

Most tornado deaths result from flying or falling debris, and some other result from people being thrown.

Hurricanes can cause deaths be similar means, but most hurricane deaths result from flooding caused either by the storm surge or heavy rain. The rainfall from hurricanes can also cause deadly landslides.

However, tornadoes are more violent than hurricane and can cause more fatalities per square mile that they affect.

Statistically, however, tornadoes kill more people in the United States than hurricanes.