Where is a hurricane most likely to develop?
The Pacific Ocean generates the greatest number of tropical storms and cyclones. The most powerful storms, sometimes called super typhoons, occur in the western Pacific. The Indian Ocean is second in the total number of storms, and the Atlantic Ocean ranks third.
Why do hurricanes form near the equator?
Near the equator, where there is no Coriolis effect, hurricanes cannot form within 300 miles (500 kilometers) of the equator. Storms grow if there is a continuous supply of energy from warm ocean water and warm, moist air. Tropical storms can grow into hurricanes, and hurricanes can grow into stronger hurricanes.
Where do most Atlantic hurricanes form?
Hurricanes can form in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico, but late in the hurricane season more of them form near the Cape Verde Islands of Africa. ATLANTA — Ida is the latest storm in a very busy Atlantic hurricane season that has one 11Alive viewer asking questions about the formation of dangerous tropical systems.