Most Atlantic hurricanes begin off the west coast of Africa, starting as thunderstorms that move out over the warm, tropical ocean waters. A thunderstorm reaches hurricane status in three stages:
Tropical depression - swirling clouds and rain with wind speeds of less than 38 mph (61... Showed first 250 characters
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A thunderstorm reaches hurricane status in three stages:
Tropical depression - swirling clouds and rain with wind speeds of less than 38 mph (61.15 kph / 33 kt)
Tropical storm - wind speeds of 39 to 73 mph (54.7 to 117.5 kph / 34 to 63 kt)
Hurricane - wind speeds greater than 74 mph (119 kph / 64 kt)
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Hurricane Ivan over the Gulf Coast of the United States
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