Inside a hurricane

Inside a hurricane

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Caption: Inside a hurricane. Torrential rain batters a petrol station inside the eye wall of a hurricane. Hurricanes are huge cyclonic storm systems of high winds blowing around a central eye. Most hurricanes form in the doldrums, areas of ocean around the equator which are generally calm. A low pressure region forms as moist air is forced upwards, and this becomes the eye of the storm. Hurricanes occur mainly in the late summer months, when conditions for formation are ideal. This image was taken inside Hurricane Fran as it made landfall in North Carolina on 5 September, 1996. The winds exceeded 160 kilometres per hour.

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