A hurricane is a large storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters in the Atlantic Ocean. It is characterized by strong winds, torrential rain, and often, a large storm surge. Hurricanes usually occur in the summer and fall, and typically move eastward from the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea.
A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that forms under a thunderstorm and reaches the ground. It has a narrow, funnel-shaped wind that is much more localized than a hurricane. Tornadoes can occur in any season, but they are most common in the spring in the Midwest and Southeast United States. Tornadoes usually move from southwest to northeast, but they can also move in any direction.