Where is wind speed lowest in a hurricane?

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The center of rotation of a hurricane creates an eye where there is light wind.


As the air mass begins to circulate it develops a center of rotation. The center of rotation is called the eye. At the center the air experiences light winds.

The driving force for wind is the pressure gradient force caused by pressure differences over distance. As a hurricane is an extremely intense low pressure center, it has very high winds. The center (eye) of the hurricane, however, is the lowest point of pressure and it is several miles wide. Since the pressure is relatively equal across the eye, there is no pressure gradient. No pressure gradient means no pressure gradient force.