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Inside a Hurricane

Where am I? | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod, Interactive

What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a huge storm. It is a combination of many strong winds that combine together and twirl or spiral inwards and then move upwards. Hurricanes happen over the ocean, land and can last for up to weeks.

The Hurricane is made up of the following:

1. Hurricane winds or rain bands

They are a series of dense clouds which move counter clockwise. They spiral in that direction and surround the rough wall of the hurricane eye. They give a pinwheel appearance to the hurricane. They can be 50 to 300 miles long.

2. Hurricane Eye

When the winds move together and spiral around they form a centre of the hurricane which is the eye. The eye can be 20 to 30 miles wide and is the calmest part of the hurricane with almost no rains in this area. It is also the warmest part of the storm. A hurricane eye appears in various sizes and shapes. A hurricane eye is the part which is clearly visible from space as well.

3. Eye Wall

This is a wall that surrounds the eye and is made up of many thunder clouds. It can be as small as 5 miles or as big as 30 miles. The eye wall areas have the most damaging and heaviest rainfall.