Oh no! Another hurricane watch or warning somewhere in the country. If you've been paying attention to the weather, you know that hurricanes are huge storms that can damage towns and cities on the coasts or islands. But you may be wondering how hurricanes form and why they are so damaging. These storms are the most powerful storms on Earth and can cause widespread destruction and death when they make landfall. The science behind these gigantic storms is fascinating and understanding how and why they grow is important to predict whether they will be destructive or if they will stay out at sea.
If you've heard about big storms in other parts of the world, you may be wondering why they don't call them hurricanes. The word, "hurricane," is used for storms that are local to the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans, east of the dateline. It is also used in the eastern parts of the South Pacific Ocean as well. Scientists call hurricanes tropical cyclones which is their standardized name across the world.
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