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A hurricane is a very powerful tropical storm.
A tropical storm becomes a hurricane if its winds reach 74 mph (119 km/h).
Hurricanes north of the earth's equator spin counterclockwise, while hurricanes south of the earth's equator spin clockwise.
The eye of the hurricane is the easily identifiable hole in the middle of a hurricane.
The eye wall of a hurricane is the area around the eye that produces the strongest wind and rain.
The rain bands of a hurricane are the thunderstorms that stretch out from the eye and eye wall.
A hurricane can produce more than 2 trillion gallons of rainwater day.
A typical hurricane is about 300 miles wide, but the size of a hurricane can vary greatly, and size doesn't necessarily relate to its intensity or strength.
The Saffir-Simpson scale is a hurricane wind scale used to rate the wind strength of a hurricane. This scale has 5 categories, with a category 5 hurricane being the strongest rated hurricane.
A hurricane watch means hurricane strength conditions could happen during the watch timeframe.
A hurricane warning means hurricane strength conditions will happen during the warning timeframe.
The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th.
The Pacific hurricane season starts on May 5th and ends on November 30th.
The peak of both the Atlantic and Pacific hurricane season is between August and October.
Hurricane names are used to make it easier to track and discuss specific storms.
Since 1953 the National Hurricane Center has been assigning names to hurricanes. They are given in alphabetical order, from one of six lists. The lists are reused every six years. Notable hurricanes will have their name retired and replaced with a new one.
Florida gets hit by about 40% of all hurricanes that affect the United States, with Texas being the second most common state to get hit by a hurricane.
The United States deadliest hurricane was a category 4 hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900. It's known as the Great Galveston Hurricane, which killed between 6,000 to 12,000 people. Most official reports put the death toll around 8,000.
As of May 2018, the United States costliest hurricane is a tie between hurricane Katrina in 2005 and hurricane Harvey in 2017.
The most intense hurricane in the United States was hurricane Wilma, with pressure measurements of 882 hPa and 26.05 inHg. Wilma reached 185 MPH (295 KPH) sustained 1-minute wind speeds.
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