No. That’s not quite how it works. A hurricane is a system of clouds and wind with a sustained speed of 74 mph or more. Once the winds decrease to speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph it is demoted to the status of a tropical storm. A tropical depression is a storm that has a maximum speed of 38 mph or less. Typically, tropical depressions and storms gain momentum and speed over the ocean and become hurricanes at that time. And they begin to slow down once they hit the land. However, as long as they maintain the proper speed, they will be classified as hurricanes.
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