An atmospheric demonstration once very common but now generally abandoned for the tornado and cyclone. The hurricane is still in popular use in the West Indies and is preferred by certain old-fashioned sea-captains. It is also used in the construction of the upper decks of steamboats, but generally speaking, the hurricane's usefulness has outlasted it.
A violent storm, characterized by extreme fury and sudden changes of the wind, and generally accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning; -- especially prevalent in the East and West Indies. Also used figuratively.
A hurricane is a severe storm. To be called a hurricane, a storm must have wind speeds of at least 75 miles (120 km) an hour. People who live around the Pacific Ocean call hurricanes "typhoons." People who live on the Indian Ocean call them "cyclones." Hurricane winds whirl around in a huge circle and can reach speeds of over 200 miles (320 km) per hour. The largest hurricanes have measured 1,000 miles (1,600 km) across. Hurricanes form over oceans near the equator, where the air is very moist. The center of a hurricane is a narrow column of air that spins very slowly. This is the "eye" of the hurricane.