Hurricanes are some of the most destructive forces of nature. Every year, millions of people are affected by the powerful winds and torrential rains that hurricanes bring. While hurricanes can be devastating, they can also be fascinating. Here are the top ten facts about hurricanes that you need to know.
1. A hurricane is a tropical storm.
A hurricane is a huge tropical storm.
They usually happen in tropical parts of the world and form in the sea.
Hurricanes create very strong winds and can often cause devastation to the countries they hit.
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2. The word hurricane comes from the word Huracan.
The word hurricane comes from the word ‘Huracan’.
Huracan was a God who was worshiped by the Mayans.
He was the God of wind, storm and fire!
3. The eye is the centre of a hurricane.
That’s right! The eye is the centre of the hurricane.
The eye of the hurricane is actually the safest part.
It is usually very calm in the eye.Embed from Getty Images
4. The eye wall is around the eye.
The eye wall is around the eye of the hurricane.
This is often the most dangerous part and a place you don’t want to be in.
There will be everything from dark clouds, strong winds and rain.
5. The rainbands are the outer part of the hurricane.
Hurricanes have rainbands which are on the outer edge.
These rainbands do what they say in the name… there is lots of rain!
The rain is so heavy that is often causes floods.Embed from Getty Images
6. Hurricanes can be very dangerous.
Hurricanes are very dangerous and can sadly cause a lot of destruction.
The high winds can cause damage to trees and buildings, including people’s homes.
There are often lots of floods because of the rain as it raises the sea levels.
7. Hurricanes spin in different directions depending on where you are.
The Earth is split up into two halves called hemispheres.
They are called the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere.
If the hurricane is in the southern hemisphere it will spin clockwise…
and if you are in the northern hemisphere then it will spin anti-clockwise!
8. Hurricanes can range from 100 miles to 1000 miles wide!
Hurricanes are massive and can range from around 100 miles to 1,000 miles wide!
This means that they can cover a large area of land.Embed from Getty Images
9. They mainly form over the ocean.
There are lots of hurricanes but most of them don’t reach the land.
This is because they are formed in the ocean.
Hurricanes start when moist warm air above the water rises and is replaced by cooler air.
This cool air then warms up and rises and this causes a cycle which then creates a storm.
In the unlucky event that a hurricane hits the land, it causes the hurricane to weaken and slow down.
This is because it doesn’t have the moisture from the sea to fuel it.Embed from Getty Images
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10. All hurricanes are given names.
You might have heard about different hurricanes on the news.
Have you noticed that they all have a name?
Hurricanes are named by the World Meteorological Organisation.
They are always named in alphabetical order. So the first storm of the year will begin with A!
For example, Hurricane Alice.Embed from Getty Images
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