I'm watching an episode of CNN Student News about tornadoes and taking notes of new words and collocations. A meteorologist just said:

"Some of the tornadoes can pack winds of 300 miles per hour"

Although it can be understood generally, I'm not sure what pack winds exactly means in dictionary. I found wind pack which is a compound noun and doesn't match the video. There is no snow. I can roughly say it means create but it's not supported in dictionaries.


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    "Some of the tornadoes" or "Some tornadoes". – user3169 Aug 5 '16 at 17:04
  • You're right... I just edited that part. – Yuri Aug 5 '16 at 19:31

Think about packing for a vacation. Things that you "pack" are things that you have with you.

You pack clothes. Tornadoes pack wind.

It's actually reasonably common to hear the word used non-literally like this. A very common phrase is "(x) packs a punch". The meaning here is that (x) has a powerful effect.

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