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The stages of a Hurricane

Hurricane season is in full swing, with new storms forming in the Atlantic through the next 2 months. There are many steps that occur before a hurricane becomes a category 1 storm, however. In this article we will be explaining the stages a tropical cyclone has to go through before being recognized as a hurricane.


Wherever there is warm ocean water a tropical cyclone can form. Wind is the second ingredient for the cyclone to form, along with clouds forming to create storms. Here are the four stages of a tropical cyclone after it develops:


-Tropical Disturbance: This has less winds and more storms, so a rainy day.


-Tropical Depression: As heat energy is released, the air pressure is creating stronger winds that move outwards, which also creates more thunderstorms.



-Tropical Storm: This is when the wind reaches a speed of 39 miles per hour. The storm gets a name, and begins to turn wind towards the eye, creating a stronger storm.


-Hurricane: Winds are at 74 miles per hour, and the storm is at least 125 miles across. The strong winds can lead to a large amount of ocean water to follow the storm, creating storm surges once it hits land.


We hope you found this article interesting on how a hurricane gets its label. At AJS, we are committed to serving the Gulf Coast and beyond in moving, building, and leveling and we are here to help you and your properties. For lifting, construction, or moving, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!

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