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President Trump says he has "unleashed the full force of government help" to fight Hurricane Harvey as it hits Texas.

Yes, this is a headline for today’s news Aug.26th for Americans.

This natural disaster happens from time to time and the people living in coastal areas should always be ready to deal with it. “Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation as he faces his first major emergency as President” reporter claims.

Billed as the strongest hurricane to hit the US in 12 years, Hurricane Harvey hit a stretch of coastline near the town of Rockport at around 10 pm local time (4 am UK time) as a category 4 storm with "life threatening" winds of 130 miles (215 km) an hour.

As the storm hits the land heavy raining happens with strong winds and usually, homes go without power. It is expected to hit the mentioned areas for several days.

Harvey is thought to be the strongest one after hurricane Katrina that happened in New Orleans in 2005. All the locals are encouraged to heed the advice and orders of their local and state officials.

But what is a hurricane and why they happen?

Hurricanes are large, swirling storms. They produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) or higher. That's faster than a cheetah, the fastest animal on land. Winds from a hurricane can damage buildings and trees. Once they are formed the weather forecasters try to predict its path and warn people about it.

Hurricanes are divided into five categories depending on the wind speed.

Category 1 with the lowest speed ( 119-153 km/hr ) faster than a cheetah and category 5 being the strongest with the highest speed Winds ( more than 252 km/hr) similar, or close, to the speed of some high-speed trains.

As of their formation even scientists do not know why they happen but what they do know is that two factors are needed for his phenomena to happen; one is warm weather and another one winds.

When they happen they are given names because sometimes there maybe more than one happening and by giving them names it is much easier to track and talk about them.

A hurricane has 3 parts; the eye, the eye wall and rain bands with their special definitions.

So, now you have some information about hurricanes. Because there are other words relating to storms such as tornados or typhoons that have their own definitions.

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