Hurricane Help The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season (the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation) officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.Hurricane season ends in 32 days
Hurricanes are massive storms in a circular motion with a wind speed in excess of 74 mph (64 knots or 119 km/hr according to the Beaufort Wind Scale*) revolving around an eye that is usually between 5 and 25 miles in diameter.. The eye remains calm with light winds and often a clear sky.
Hurricanes originate over the tropical and subtropical North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, from June 1st until November 30th which is the official hurricane Season.
Based on their intensity Hurricanes are ranked one through five, five representing the most severe, according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Hurricanes rotate in a counterclockwise direction around the "eye" in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
In meteorology, these types of storms are a low-pressure system that represent an important part of the atmospheric circulation system, which moves heat from the equatorial region toward the higher latitudes.
Hurricanes can move rather quickly, reaching speeds as fast as 50 mph, losing intensity as soon as land is encountered.
A category four or five hurricane that comes ashore could bring very high tides and create massive destruction in a path as wide as fifty miles and one to two hundred miles long.
Due to our new technology, since they follow somewhat predictable paths that can bring them ashore, it is very important that we stay well informed.
In other parts of the world hurricanes have different names
- Typhoon - (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
- Severe Tropical Cyclone - (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
- Severe Cyclonic Storm - (the North Indian Ocean)
- Tropical Cyclone - (the Southwest Indian Ocean)
If you want to provide help see the How to Help page
If you need Help in case of a Hurricane or if you have an emergency see below.
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