While the summer season is warmer and allows for more time spent outside with family and friends, there is also an increased risk for hurricanes developing in the ocean. Some hurricanes travel far enough to interact with land. Once a tropical storm has winds of 74 mph or greater, it’s classified as a hurricane. No one flew into the middle of a hurricane until 1943 during WWII. Although winter storms have recently been given names, hurricanes are the only storms that have their own names. If a hurricane causes a significant amount of damage, then the name is retired and isn’t used again. The strongest winds of a hurricane are near the center of the storm. Tornadoes can be produced from hurricanes. Most of the time, a hurricane will remain over water or only impact the islands in the ocean. If a hurricane reaches land, it’s usually lost a good bit of its wind strength. There have been a few Category 3 hurricanes and those that are stronger that have impacted the United States, such as Hurricanes Hugo, Katrina, and Maria. Although hurricane season is from June to November, storms can develop any time the ocean water is warm enough to sustain this kind of storm.
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