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Tornadoes vs. Hurricanes (Grade 6)

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Tornadoes vs. Hurricanes

When the wind is howling, the rain is crashing down, and storm warnings are being blared on all radio and television stations, you may find yourself wondering if you are in the middle of a tornado or a hurricane. Both are wicked weather events that involve wind, rain-and significant threat. Which type of storm is more dangerous? That is a question experts have been trying to decide for years.

Hurricanes are commonly located over oceans and typically begin as tropical storms during the late summer or fall. Strong winds rotate and, as they do, they pull water up from the sea and dump it on the closest land. As the eye of the storm reaches shore, everything calms. The sun may shine, but it does not last long before the other half of the storm hits. Frequently hurricanes bring storm surges or huge rushes of water that come ashore and cause floods, knocking down buildings and dragging homes and cars back out to sea. Hurricanes often last for hours, or even days before finally fading away.

Tornadoes, on the other hand, are found more on land, usually beginning as thunderstorms with thunder, lightning, and even hail. As they build in strength, the winds begin to rotate and become like a huge, powerful vacuum. These winds create a funnel cloud, which moves up to 30 miles an hour across the sky. If the tornado touches the ground, it can destroy homes, and lift cars.

As to which storm is the most dangerous, the answer has not been decided yet. Tornadoes move faster, but hurricanes last longer. There is no question, however; being a part of one is an event no one is likely to ever forget.
What factor do tornadoes and hurricanes share?
  1. Both begin over water as tropical storms.
  2. Both have a central eye where it is calm.
  3. Both are dangerous weather events.
  4. Both include thunder, lightning, and hail.
What is the difference between tornadoes and hurricanes?
  1. Tornadoes last for hours to days.
  2. Tornadoes include a strong storm surge.
  3. Tornadoes are made up of ocean water.
  4. Tornadoes create powerful funnel clouds.
What does a hurricane have that a tornado does not?
  1. A funnel cloud
  2. A central eye
  3. A thunderstorm
  4. A high risk of danger
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