Storms can be manifested as hurricanes, cyclones, sandstorms, sea storms and tornadoes. Certain geographic locations are more susceptible to cyclogenisis (the development or strengthening of cyclonic circulation in the atmosphere), and the results can be spectacularly devastating. Sailors participating in the Sydney to Hobart Race are often at the mercy of severe storm conditions, and parts of America and India have been seriously affected by hurricanes in the last decade or so. Surfers see the biggest swell in stormy conditions.

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