Hurricanes can be described as giant, swirling storms. These monster storms can reach winds speeds up to 160 miles per hour.

They can also unleash a whopping 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day.

The winds can turn debris into deadly objects in a matter of seconds.

Types of hurricanes

Tropical depression
A tropical depression can have wind speeds up to 39 mph. It has no eye and does not typically have the organization or the spiral shape of more powerful storms.

Tropical Storm
A tropical storm is a group of heavy thunderstorms with greatest constant winds between 39 – 74 mph.

Hurricane or Typhoon
Today’s stats show that hurricanes are capable of producing winds exceeding 155 mph!

In the eye wall the winds and thunderstorms are the strongest and cause the greatest amount of damage. A hurricane or typhoon system involved sustained winds that reach at least 34 meters per second or 74 miles per hour.

Hurricanes occur in the Caribbean Sea, Eastern Pacific Ocean, Southern Atlantic Ocean and in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes are measured by category rating of 1 to 5 on the SaffirSimpson scale. Level five is the most dangerous and destructive.


Floods Flying debris Mudslides and landslides. Large waves Destruction of vehicles, bridges, buildings, barns and other outdoor structures.

Global warming effects

Studies and research conclude that there are high possibilities of extreme and intense hurricanes to occur in the next century since the climate is warmed due to the increase in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.



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