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Description A hurricane occurs when a tropical storm exceeds 74 mph 119 kph It has other names in different parts of the world In the Northwest Pacific ocean west of the dateline it is called a typhoon In the southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian ocean east of 90E it is called a severe tropical cyclone It is also called a severe cyclonic storm or a tropical cyclone in other parts of the world It is a severe tropical cyclone originating in the equatorial regions of the Atlantic Ocean Caribbean Sea or eastern regions of the Pacific Ocean It travels north northwest or northeast from its point of origin and usually involves heavy rains A hurricane has and eye in the middle and may appear as a huge swirling cloud when seen from outer space Inside the eye of a hurricane there is calm weather The eye of a hurricane can be as large as 50 miles long Developmental Stages There are three developmental stages for a hurricane The first is a tropical depression In this stage there are swirling clouds and wind speeds of less than 38 mph The second stage is a tropical storm In this stage the wind speed goes up to about 39 to 73 mph and can cause some damage and flooding The final stage is the actual hurricane which causes the most damage This stage contains wind speeds greater than 74 mph and humid ocean air which results in more precipitation Atmospheric Requirements In order for a hurricane to form it needs lots of latent heat that is liberated when huge quantities of water vapor condense Hurricanes can only form over warm water and they must have a lot of a large quantity of moister-laden air to start and to keep going
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