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What Makes a Hurricane a Hurricane?

With us now a little over half way through the 2021 hurricane season, we’ve gone over some preparation advice, the history of several major storms, but we have yet to cover what exactly hurricanes are and how they come to be! In this article, we’ll go over exactly what the recipe for a hurricane is, and how they become so destructive.


Hurricanes always start the ocean when warm air meets cold air. This situation normally stems from storms in tropical areas drifting into the ocean. The warmer air from these storms mingle with the cooler air from the ocean, forming storm clouds and rain. The heat released from these clouds warm the ocean air, causing it to rise, creating a cycle.


As this cycle repeats, the warm air causes wind to form in a spiral pattern, one we are all familiar with as the shape of a hurricane. Depending on how often the warm, cool air cycle repeats, the higher the wind speeds and the more destructive the storm becomes. At wind speeds 38 mph or slower, it is known as a tropical depression. Wind speeds of 39-73 mph are called tropical storms. The label, “Hurricane” is used once wind speeds reach 74 mph or higher.



We hope you found this information educational, and gave you a better sense of what hurricanes are. At AJS, we proudly serve the Tampa area and beyond, and we are here to help you this hurricane season. For any reconstruction, building, or lifting, give us a call today to schedule a free consultation!

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