HURRICANE - A hurricane is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum average wind speed near a centre or eye exceeds 74 mph or 119 Km/h.
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Caribbean Hurricane Histoty

Hurricanes have been affecting the Caribbean for centuries and since there is no known way to prevent them, we can expect that they will continue to affect these islands for years to come. Every Caribbean island has experienced the direct effects of at least one hurricane, or has had a disturbance in the island’s weather conditions due to a hurricane passing nearby. Historically, the island which has suffered the least due to these natural disasters is Barbados as it is the most easterly island in the island chain, and tends not to be in the direct path of most hurricanes affecting the region. “Dean” 2007, “Ivan” 2004, “Lenny” 1999, and “Luis” 1995 are perhaps some of the most memorable hurricanes to hit the region.

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Hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1st to November 30th.
Tropical storms are given male and female names because this makes them easier to track. Before 1979 though, they only had female names.
A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when its winds reach 74 mph or higher.
Hurricanes are grouped into 5 categories according to their strength. Category 5 hurricanes are the strongest.
The “eye” is the centre of the hurricane and is the calmest part.
Slow moving hurricanes produce more rain and can cause more damage from flooding.
Putting tape on windows and glass will not stop them from breaking during a hurricane.
The word hurricane comes from the word Hurakan. Hurakan is the name of the Mayan god of wind and fire.