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10 things you didn't know about hurricanes

Oct. 20, 2010, 1:15 p.m.
Hurricane Katrina from space

Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr

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Which way the wind blows

In the Northern Hemisphere, a hurricane’s winds flow toward the storm’s center in a counterclockwise direction, but the winds flow clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. The storms themselves don’t move clockwise or counterclockwise — they are pushed by the flow of upper-atmosphere winds and can move in any direction.