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What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane becomes a hurricane when a tropical storm or tropical cyclone (an organized system of thunderstorms that forms over tropical waters) intensifies so that the minimum sustained winds are equal to or greater than 74 mph (64 knots). In the western Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons and similar storms in the Indian Ocean are called cyclones.
How Do Hurricanes Form?WeatherBug Meterologist, Rachel Peterson, explains how hurricanes are formed. Watch video
How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?
Assigning a name to tropical storms and hurricanes is a practice that can trace its roots back several centuries. Learn how storms received names in the past and how meteorologists name them today.Watch the "How Hurricanes are Named" video from Farmers' Almanac TV
Inside A Hurricane Hunter Plane
Did you know that there is a special team designated to fly inside hurricanes?Read about these daring hurricane hunters.
Hurricane Safety Tools
Learn about professional weather solutions that offer risk management tools for your business, government and emergency management operations.
Hurricane Learning Center
The Saffir-Simpson ScaleThe Saffir-Simpson Scale categorizes hurricanes by current winds and even the expected storm surge.
Read more about the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
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