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Hurricanes
What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, the generic term for a low-pressure system that generally forms in the tropics.

A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes or tropical storms.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October.

Dangers of a Hurricane
Hurricane winds can exceed 155 mph and can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricanes and tropical storms can also:
  • Spawn tornadoes
  • Create storm surges along the coast
  • Cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall

View additional information on categories of a hurricane and the differences between a hurricane watch versus a hurricane warning.

 
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