Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, between June and the end of November

Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters.

Evaporation from the seawater increases their power. Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye." Hurricanes have winds at least 74 miles per hour.

When hurricanes come onto land, their heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge. Storm surges are very dangerous and it is important to take shelter during a hurricane and listen to the television or radio for instructions.

"Hurricane" comes from the Spanish word "huracan".