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    touched down

    What does "touch down" mean here? Its original meaning of "coming down to the surface" doesn't seem to be enough to describe a tornado's strong power.
    33.A tornado
    touched downin Hammond on June 20, 2002, with tragic results. Towering Pines, the wilderness preserve owned and maintained by the town, was largely destroyed.

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    Re: touched down

    It means that the tornado came down to the surface of the earth. That is where they cause the most damage.

    See here: https://www.google.com/search?q=torn...ouched+down%22

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    Re: touched down

    Any object or phenomenon that is usually airborne can be said to touch down when it contacts the surface of the earth. Jumbo jet, tornado, butterfly, whatever: the power of the object or phenomenon makes no difference.

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