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How Hurricanes Work

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Hurricanes are powerful storms that people prefer not to see in person. Yes, people know that hurricanes are powerful, massive, and can bring real disasters, but not many people actually know how these powerful storms are created. How do hurricanes work?

The year 2017 was a challenging year for the States, especially in Texas, when a Hurricane Harvey hit, flooding one of the most prominent metro areas.

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Just two weeks after this disaster, another hurricane hit the ground. This hurricane was named Irma. Irma was one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever measured.

Every year certain areas are more affected by hurricanes than others, although they are a season thing.

Every year the world experiences hurricane season, and hundreds of storm systems spiral out from the tropical regions surrounding the equator. Up to 40 storms strengthen to hurricane levels.

You won’t hear about a hurricane hitting Alaska because storms develop in warm and tropical regions. In these regions, the water is at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).

How is a storm created? Moist air and converging equatorial winds the very base of any storm.

Did you know that most Atlantic hurricanes begin off the west coast of Africa? From there, they move over the warm and tropical ocean waters.

Hurricanes are born as simple clouds or clusters, and thunderstorms are called tropical disturbances. A significant part of them simply dies out, while only a few are transformed into hurricanes.

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