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Hamish A. Ramsay, Lance M. Leslie, and Jeffrey D. Kepert

1. Introduction Tropical cyclones (TCs) are among the most destructive of all weather-related natural hazards. The inner-core region of a TC that surrounds the relatively calm eye consists of an annulus of very intense winds [i.e., the radius of maximum winds (RMW)], which produces the most severe wind-related structural damage upon landfall. Very heavy rainfall often occurs in the inner core as a result of strong updrafts within the eyewall. Because of these and other related hazards, it is

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