Terrifying storms that can level houses and rip large trees from the ground, hurricanes are among the most powerful forces of nature. The National Hurricane Center defines a hurricane as a rotating, organized system of thunderstorms and clouds that originates over tropical or subtropical water. These destructive storms are a type of tropical cyclone with winds that reach 74 miles per hour or greater. Perhaps because of their devastating power, hurricanes have given rise to a lot of myths and misconceptions about the storms themselves and the best ways to prepare for them. Here, we debunk 10 of the most common hurricane myths.