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A hurricane is a powerful tropical storm.
A tropical storm is considered a hurricane when it's winds reach or exceed 74 MPH (119 KPH).
Hurricanes are also known as cyclones or typhoons, depending on the region they occur in.
The word hurricane comes from "Huracan", the name of a Mayan god. The Mayans believed this was the god of big winds and evil spirts.
Hurricanes commonly form in tropical regions, which is an area surrounding the equator.
Hurricanes need warm water to develop and continue to use warm water as fuel.
Hurricanes rapidly lose strength when they make landfall and move inland.
Hurricanes north of the earth's equator spin counterclockwise.
Hurricanes south of the earth's equator spin clockwise.
The three main parts of a hurricane are the eye, eye wall and rain bands.
The eye is the center of a hurricane. This is the blue circle you see in the middle of a hurricane.
The eye wall is the area around the eye. This is where the most dangerous winds of a hurricane occur.
The rain bands are the outer part of a hurricane that spin with it.
Hurricanes can produce violent winds, heavy rain, tornadoes, storm surges and flooding.
The storm surge and flooding produced by a hurricane is the main cause of fatalities.
Powerful category 5 hurricanes can devastate a region and commonly cause the greatest loss of life.
Coastal regions are areas with the greatest risk of a hurricane.
In the Atlantic, on average there are 10 named tropical storms, 6 of those will be come hurricanes and 2.5 will become a major hurricane.
The world's deadliest hurricane was the Bhola Cyclone in 1970. It's estimated up to 500,000 people were killed.
The United States deadliest hurricane was the Galveston Hurricane in 1900. It's estimated up to 8,000 U.S. citizens were killed.
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