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Hurricanes are formed by counterclockwise winds These winds draw moisture and heat from the tropical ocean which helps to contribute to the intense cyclone Winds that reach and sustained 74 miles per hour mph or more wind are classified as a Hurricane When a storm moves forward at about 15 mph it releases heavy rains and accelerating winds and makes the ocean swell They lose some intensity when they are nearing the land As it continues to move further inland weakens but continues its outpouring of rain and high winds Hurricanes are formed in the North Atlantic Caribbean Sea Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Coast of Mexico The mostly likely to happen is a hurricane striking land areas along the Gulf Coast and the southeastern coast But hurricanes also have hit central Pennsylvania and the coast of New York New England and New Jersey Almost 100 million Americans are at risk from hurricanes Over land hurricanes weaken rapidly Being separated from their oceanic source of energy Plus land adds the effects of friction and that makes the circulation weakens and becomes more disorganized Heavy rains usually continue even after the winds are much calmer In the southeastern United States about one-fourth of the annual rainfall comes from dissipating hurricanes The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June through November August and September are peak months There is no specific time of occurrences for Pacific hurricanes Hurricanes occur north of the equator over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans Typhoons occur in the South Pacific and tropical cyclones happen in the Indian Ocean There are three major threats caused by hurricanes The first one is deadly winds These winds exceed 74 mph and have the ability to rip apart buildings uproot trees and knock over power lines Hurricane Andrews winds measured more than 120 mph Heavy rain is another major concern There are two types of hurricanes wet and dry Wet hurricanes can leave more than
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