# At the same speed, is a tornado as dangerous as straight wind?

If we have a place with wind at a given speed, and a tornado at the same speed, are they equally dangerous, or the tornado is more powerful?

• It's not really a question that has a practical answer, because you don't get ordinary winds that are tornado speeds. – jamesqf Apr 30 '19 at 19:16
• Well, meanwhile (and possibly before) tropical storms with windspeeds analogue to an F3 have devasted islands. I don't know enough to answer the question, but from a qualitative viewpoint it doesn't look that different ... – user18607 Jan 8 at 9:45
• I've always wondered this question as well, but likewise don't have the background to answer it. I'd think yes. (With the caveat that the 3-dimensional wind is really the important one) Maybe a structural engineer can answer better? – JeopardyTempest Jan 8 at 16:30
• Yeah, for certain types of buildings (bridges, skyscrapers) wind induced oscillation could be more dangerous when blowing continuously, even at sub-gale force (34 knots, sorry, hobby navigator) :-) – user18607 Jan 8 at 18:17
• given that tornadoes are small isolated events and lateral wind can extend for hundreds of miles I am going to say lateral winds. – John Jan 9 at 14:51