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What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a large storm that can be up to 600 miles across.

These storms have strong winds that rotate inward and upward at speeds of 75 to 200 mph.

On average hurricanes move at about 10-20 miles per hour across the open ocean and usually lasts for over a week.

Hurricanes gain their strength by moving over warm ocean waters gathering heat and energy through contact with the ocean surface.

This leads to evaporation from the seawater which increases the power of the hurricane.

A hurricane's winds rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye."

The hurricane's "eye" or the center of the storm is the calmest part which has light winds and fair weather conditions

As the storms moves onto land it brings heavy rain, strong winds and large waves that can cause damage to anything in its path.

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