In tropical areas, thunderstorms may develop into violent storms with torrential rains, and
wind speeds reaching as much as 300km per hour. Meteorologists call these storms tropical
cyclones, but they are more commonly known as hurricanes.
Hurricanes form only above tropical seas, where the conditions of heat and moisture are
at their most extreme.
Hurricanes do not stay in one place, but travel away from the area where they form.
Their path is influenced by the movements of high-level winds and the direction of warm sea
Hurricanes may have a diameter of up to 500km, and thunder and lightning often
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