The Hurricane

The air in the eye of the hurricane is at low pressure, and is calm. As the eye passes over, the winds may drop altogether, and a small circle of clear sky may be visible overhead for a short period of time. This lull ends when torrential rains fall around the eye, and raging winds, drawn in from hot air spiral up the wall of the eye. These hot rising winds circulate at speeds of 50 km/h (30 mph). The strongest winds, with gusts of up to 360 km/h (225 mph) are found beneath the eye wall, immediately outside the eye.

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