A hurricane is an area of low air pressure that forms over the oceans in tropical regions of the Atlantic or Pacific. In the Northern Hemisphere, the hurricane winds blow around the eye in a counter clockwise direction. The eye is a calm area that is in the center of the storm. The eye of the hurricane can be as large as 20 miles. Most hurricanes move in a westward direction at first and then become stronger and larger as they travel. Once the hurricanes turn from the equator, they start to pick up speed and go faster.
The hurricanes are named after people's names in alphabetical order. Each year, the first hurricane name always starts with an A. In the 1900's there were some unforgettable hurricanes.
1. Hurricane Donna, which was the first recorded storm to strike Florida, the middle Atlantic States and the New England states.
2. The worst was Hurricane Flora in 1963. It killed about 5,000 people in Haiti, over 1,700 in Cuba and over 400 in the Dominican Republic. In total hurricane Flora killed about 7,100 people.
3. In 1988 hurricane Gilbert was the most powerful that was ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. It struck the West Indies and Mexico causing approximately 300 deaths.
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