• A hurricane is an enormous storm with high winds and heavy rains.
  • Hurricanes may be hundreds of kilometers wide and travel for thousands of kilometers.
  • Storm's wind speeds may be greater than 251 kilometers (156 miles) per hour.
  • Rainfall can be as high as 2.5 cm (1") per hour and total rainfall can be 20 billion metric tons daily.
  • The enormous amounts of energy released could equal the total annual electrical power consumption of the United States from just one storm.
  • There are about 100 hurricanes around the world each year.
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