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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Emergency Management > Hurricanes
A hurricane is a violent storm originating over tropical waters with sustained (constant) winds over 74 mph. The winds, as in tropical depressions and tropical storms, blow in a counterclockwise direction around the center. Diameter of these storms can range anywhere from 100 to 1,000 miles.
The real hazard which can occur with hurricanes include torrential rains, storm surge, tornadoes, and high winds. Each of these have the potential to cause severe injuries and fatalities.

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