What is a hurricane? Facts to know

What is a hurricane? Facts to know

by Admin, June 21, 2018

“Hurricane” is the name used for the most powerful tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean and the northeastern Pacific Ocean — those bearing sustained winds of 74 mph and above. Hurricanes are generally called “typhoons” in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and “severe cyclonic storms” in the south Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Tropical cyclones are rotating low-pressure systems carrying thunderstorms but no identifiable “front,” which is the boundary that separates two air masses of different densities in most storm systems.

 

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