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How big are hurricanes?

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How big are hurricanes? Hurricanes can measure between 320 and 480 km across. They travel at speeds of 16 to 24 km/h, growing larger and stronger as they move. Usually they travel vest, then swing east as they reach cooler regions, before gradually dying out. Repeated hurricanes occur during the storm season, and there may be as many as 15 in a single year.

In the USA the National Weather Service tracks hurricanes coming out of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. It forecasts the time when they will reach land and the strength of the accompanying wincl.

4 Tornadoes are a regular meteorological event in the southern states of the USA. They cause huge damage in a narrow strip as they pass over the land

The eye of the storm

What would you see inside the centre of a hurricane? If you stood in this area, called the eye of the hurricane, you would be in for a surprise. After the violent winds and torrential rain pass over, the wind suddenly drops. A wall of dark churning clouds, hundreds of meters high, surrounds you.

There are light breezes and the Sun shines brightly. But you don't have long to enjoy this peaceful sunny weather, because as the hurricane continues its destructive path it carries the eye with it. You will soon be enveloped in the storm once again.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 12 December '11

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