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When someone stands in the eye of a hurricane does the person die?
Question Date: 2013-02-27
Answer 1:

That’s a good question! I guess that depends on a lot of different variables. Most deaths in hurricanes are a result of flooding and high winds. A flash flood can carry a person away and high winds knock down trees and throw debris. There is little rain fall in the eye of a hurricane because the air that rises into the eye has already lost its water as rain

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The wind speed in the eye of a hurricane is much lower than in other parts of the storm system. The eye is a low-pressure part of the hurricane. This means that air from high-pressure parts of the system move toward the eye; this movement of air causes high wind speed. When the high winds reach the eye wall they deflect up instead of blowing into the eye, that is why it is relatively calm

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So the conditions in the eye of the hurricane are not too dangerous to humans. The problem is: if your standing in the eye of a hurricane, that means that the part of the storm with high winds and rain has already passed over you and will pass over you again as the storm moves. If you’re standing in the eye of the hurricane there is still more dangerous weather to come!

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