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Experts say the 2010 hurricane season may be one of the worst in U.S. history, possibly even echoing the deadly summer of 2005. Here's a look at why, where and when hurricanes form, and what you can do to be ready for one.

Hurricanes are more than just thunderstorms on steroids - they're angry mobs of thunderstorms on steroids, built from many smaller squalls that team up in the tropics each summer. These meteorological mosh pits are impulsive and violent, but there's a method to their madness: They help control Earth's climate by hauling heat around the planet, moving it out of the tropics and toward the poles.



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