This book gives the state of knowledge about tropical cyclones. After the introduction, which stresses the socioeconomic importance of these phenomena, the reader becomes excited to know more about one of the most powerful perturbations of the atmosphere. All the aspects of the phenomenon are treated. Thus, an entire chapter is devoted to the interaction between storm and ocean.
The introduction begins with some history about the first descriptions and understanding of tropical cyclones. It is followed by their socioeconomic impact. Their influence can be illustrated with numbers taken from the book: Each year an average number of 20,000 deaths and economic loss of $6–7 billion