Know About Hurricanes
A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that can be accompanied by thunderstorms. Hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour and an area of low air pressure in the center called the eye. Hurricanes are given a category—1 through 5—based on wind speed. The higher the winds, the higher the category. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.
There are four main threats that hurricanes bring, which are:
- Storm surge and tidal flooding
- Flooding rains
- Hazardous wind
Torrential rains cause further damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal communities but may impact communities many miles inland.
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