Alternate Title: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Hurricane Basics
This document published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides general information about Hurricanes including their origin, life cycle and structure. "There is nothing like them in the atmosphere. Born in warm tropical waters, these spiraling masses require a complex combination of atmospheric processes to grow, mature, and then die. They are not the largest storm systems in our atmosphere or the most violent, but they combine these qualities as no other phenomenon does. [...]. Hurricanes cannot be controlled, but our vulnerability can be reduced through preparedness. Local decision makers must make difficult choices between public safety and possible economic losses when faced with a hurricane, but these decisions will be solid if they are based on an understanding of hurricanes, their hazards, the value and limitations of forecasts, and a good decision-making process."
National Weather Service: National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/