Satellite image of Hurricane Floyd

Satellite image of Hurricane Floyd

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Caption: Hurricane Floyd. Combined visible and infrared satellite image of Hurricane Floyd in the Atlantic Ocean. North is at top. The hurricane is the swirl of clouds around the central hole (the eye). Land, such as Haiti and the Dominican Republic which form the island at lower left, is outlined in green. The eye is an area of calmer cloud-free air at very low pressure. Around it winds reached over 140 miles per hour. After devastating the Bahamas, Hurricane Floyd hit Florida, USA, on September 16, going on to cause 40 deaths. Hurricanes are caused by large-scale evaporation and convection due to warm tropical sea temperatures. Image taken on 12 September 1999 by the American NOAA-12 satellite.

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