Hurricanes are strong storms that can be life-threatening, as a hurricane is a large storm; that can be many miles across and have strong winds moving inward and upward at speeds of 75 to 200 mph. A hurricane usually lasts for over a week, moving 10-20 miles per hour over the open ocean. Heat and energy fuel hurricanes through contact with warm ocean waters. In the Northern Hemisphere hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye" and in the Southern Hemisphere they move in a clockwise direction. The center of the storm or "eye" is the calmest part; it has only light winds and fair weather. When they come onto land, the heavy rain, high winds, and large waves can damage buildings, trees, and cars. well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes.
Are you prepared for the Hurricane season? Here are some areas of focus: