By: Sydney Orr
November 16, 2012
What is a hurricane?
Hurricanes form off the coast of Africa. They need warm water to maintain their strength. Once a hurricane makes landfall, they lose some of their strength because they no longer have the warm water that they once had. A hurricane forms when two winds are blowing the same speeds in different directions or when a cold front and a warm front meet. The air forces upward, and the wind blows out causing air and water to rise from the surface of the sea. To the left, is a picture of a hurricane forming on the coast. This is what a hurricane looks like when it just begins to form.
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