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6 Facts about Hurricanes That You Didn’t Know

by Elsa Stringer

Hurricanes are very interesting, but they are also very dangerous. They have become so common, because of climate change, and they are going to be more and more common in the future. Because of that, it is good to know more about them and to introduce yourself with them and the way they work.

So, today we are going to share with you 6 interesting facts about hurricanes, that you didn’t know before. So let’s start:

1st fact: They are very big


You know that hurricanes are big. But do you know how big they are? They can have the overall size of almost 500 miles wide, and their center can be 200 miles wide. But they can also be small around just 2 miles.

2nd fact: They spin differently


It depends on the place on Earth in which direction the hurricane will spin. In the Northern Hemisphere, they spin counterclockwise, and in the Southern Hemisphere, they spin clockwise.

3rd fact: Hurricanes are slower than tornadoes


Hurricanes are fast, but they are not faster than tornadoes. They spin at a speed of 160mph on average. And at that time they can unleash more than 9 trillion gallons of rain. And that’s just in one day.

4th fact: They can travel further than tornadoes


Hurricanes are slower than tornadoes, but they can travel way further than them. In 1994 the longest traveling hurricane was recorded, it traveled about 11.5 thousand kilometers before it stopped.

5th fact: Hurricanes are so powerful


Hurricanes are very powerful, but did you know that one hurricane can be as powerful as 10 atomic bombs? Now you know. A mature hurricane could generate 50% of the entire world’s electrical generating capacity

6th fact: Hurricanes are very deadly


Hurricanes can be very deadly, and they need to be taken seriously. They can cause great destruction. The deadliest recorded tropical cyclone was recorded in Bangladesh, and it killed almost 300,000 people.

We hope that you learned something new today and that you will take hurricanes seriously. Stay safe.