What are Hurricanes

Facts About Hurricanes

Hurricanes are some of the most devastating storms in nature because they bring torrential rainfall, deadly waves, and powerful winds, leaving behind destruction. Hurricanes are a fast-rotating storm system with a low-pressure center that produces strong winds, spiraling and heavy rains.

Hurricanes commonly form over tropical waters, north or south of the equator, where ocean water is warmer. Sometimes they sputter out of power over the oceans, but if they make landfall, they drop many inches of rain and inflict extensive wind damage. In the Atlantic hurricane basin, hurricanes usually start as an upwelling near the west coast of Africa.

Tropical Storms

Storm Facts

A hurricane is a storm with sustained winds over 75 mph. Tropical storms are events with winds below 75 mph. A tropical storm occurs when a cyclonic circulation of a regular storm condenses and becomes more organized, with sustained winds between 39 mph and 73 mph.

When you hear about hurricanes in the news, meteorologists organize them by category. Category 1 and Category 2 hurricanes are usually relatively weak, with winds between 75 and 110 mph. Whereas a Category 5 hurricane, the most powerful type, clocks in at 155 miles per hour and does significant damage.

Once a hurricane settles over land, it begins to fall apart. As it moves inland, it cannot tap heat energy from the ocean and quickly weakens. Typically, hurricanes bring heavy rainfall inland, resulting in widespread landslides, floods, property damage, and sometimes severe human injuries.

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Hurricanes cause more than 15 billion yearly in insured losses in the U.S.