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Facts about Hurricanes

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

  • Formation: Hurricanes form over warm ocean waters near the equator.
  • Wind speed: Hurricanes can produce winds of up to 320 kilometers per hour, which can destroy buildings and rip up trees.
  • Rain: Hurricanes can produce more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain per day.
  • Eye wall: The eye wall is the ring of thunderstorms and clouds that surrounds the eye, and it contains the heaviest rains and most violent winds.
  • Categories: Hurricanes are categorized based on wind speed, with category 1 having speeds of 74–95 miles per hour, and category 5 having speeds of 157 miles per hour or higher. The higher the category, the more destruction and damage is caused.
  • Rotation: In the northern hemisphere, hurricanes rotate counterclockwise, while in the southern hemisphere they rotate clockwise.
  • Tornadoes: Hurricanes can produce tornadoes.
  • Other names for hurricanes include cyclone, typhoon and tropical storm.
  • Hurricanes have led to the death of around 2 million people over the last two years

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