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Hurricane Irene "Looking Bad" for U.S.—Forecast, Science, Safety Tips

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Special Edition: Forces of Nature
Expected to hit the U.S. as a major hurricane, Irene seems headed for potentially unprepared towns—and the moon could make it even worse.

  Hurricane, cyclone, or typhoon—by any name, these huge storms can spell disaster. Check out the dos and don'ts of hurricane safety.

  Learn about the science behind hurricanes, including how scientists attempt to predict the paths of these destructive forces.

  Create your own hurricane, earthquake, or tornado, and see the effects reverberate throughout the land.

  The U.S. Southeast and Bahamas will be hit by more intense hurricanes in the coming decades due to global warming.

  The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck the U.S. East Coast was a rare but significant event for the region, an expert says.

  See what causes earthquakes, how scientists grade their power, and what we can do to prepare for Earth's shakes.

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