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We have all seen the extensive damage Mother Nature throws during powerful hurricanes. A Category 5 hurricane can sustain winds greater than 156 mph.

Hurricanes of such intensity are somewhat infrequent in the Atlantic basin, occurring only once every three years on average.

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Take a look at the top five facts about hurricanes. There’s more to these storms than meet the eye.

Brian Boenau, Rare Staff |