Hurricanes cause severe damage to man-made structures and the natural environment, and they can uproot trees, destroy walls, upturn vehicles, erode beaches and cause inland flooding. Very strong hurricanes can devastate ... More »

Hurricane Bertha caused an estimated $250 million to $270 million in total damage. Most of the damage caused by the hurricane occurred in North Carolina. More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

Hurricanes are formed by rain clouds that grow over warm ocean waters. The clouds build to create wind speeds higher than 74 miles per hour. While tornadoes can attack without warning, hurricanes form over a period of da... More »

Hurricanes form over warm ocean water when the air is cooler above. Winds must be at the surface of the ocean and spiral air inward for the hurricane to form. More »

Hurricanes form in the open ocean, with the majority coming together in the western Pacific Ocean or the eastern Atlantic, off the coast of Africa. A smaller number form in the Gulf of Mexico or the Indian Ocean each yea... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

Hurricanes generally have lifespans lasting 9 days, although some form and dissipate in 24 hours or less while others remain intact for up to a month. Regardless of lifespan, all hurricanes undergo a defined development ... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

Hurricanes are extremely powerful storms that form above ocean water and can cause devastating damage in coastal areas as a result of powerful winds, heavy rains, high waves and water levels. In meteorological terms, hur... More »