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    Isaac Continues to Flood Gulf States, Residents Survey Damage

    By By Grace Muller, AccuWeather staff writer
    August 31, 2012, 4:48:57 PM EDT

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    • What is the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale?

      HurricaneFacts - May 11, 2012, 4:28:00 AM EDT

      The Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale is a categorical classification of hurricanes based on their wind speed, used by the U.S. government's National Hurricane Center.

    • Atlantic Category 5 Storms

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 5:44:18 AM EDT

      To qualify as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale, maximum sustained winds must exceed 155 mph (135 kt).

    • Retired Hurricane Names

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 5:39:50 AM EDT

      Hurricanes that have a severe impact on lives or the economy are remembered by generations after the devastation they caused, and some go into weather history.

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      Download Hurricane Tracking Maps

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 5:23:44 AM EDT

      AccuWeather.com has created a number of specialty maps designed for tracking the progress of tropical storms and hurricanes. Use these maps in conjunction with our Hurricane Position graphic, as well as statements issued by the NHC with storm positions.

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      When and Where Do Hurricanes Occur?

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 5:09:36 AM EDT

      Hurricanes (by whatever name) are by far most common in the Pacific Ocean, with the western Pacific being most active. In some years, the Philippines are struck by more than 20 tropical storms and typhoons.

    • Cross Section of a Hurricane

      What Are the Parts of a Hurricane?

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 4:30:19 AM EDT

      Low pressure in the hurricane can act as a plunger, slightly pulling up the water level. However, the components that contribute to the greatest storm surge affect are the winds blowing to the left side of the storm and the topography of the land as the storm makes land fall.

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      How Do Storms Develop?

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 4:25:45 AM EDT

      There are 5 stages in storm development.

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      When is Hurricane Season in the Atlantic?

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 4:14:30 AM EDT

      Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30.

    • Hurricane Preparation Checklists

      HurricaneFacts - April 30, 2010, 4:00:59 AM EDT

      Despite living along the coast, and even after major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, a 2009 survey revealed that most residents are not prepared for a hurricane. The U.S. Government's National Hurricane Center advises the following actions for hurricane disaster preparation.

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      Strong tropical cyclone to threaten eastern India later this week

      Weather News - December 05, 2016, 9:03:51 AM EST

      On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India this week.