the eye of the hurricane

the eye of the hurricane

1. Literally, a place of calm in the center of a hurricane. (The "eye" is the center of a storm, which rotates around a central point.) I think we're in the eye of the hurricane and that these winds are going to get worse.
2. By extension, a calm period before something worsens. Sadly, that ceasefire was just the eye of the hurricane—enemy troops bombed one of our ports days later.
See also: eye, hurricane, of

eye of the hurricane

 and eye of the storm 
1. Lit. the area of calm in the center of a tornado, hurricane, or cyclone. It is calm and peaceful in the eye of the storm.
2. Fig. a temporary peaceful time amidst more trouble and strife yet to come. Don't relax. This is the eye of the storm. The lunch hour rush is over, but the dinner rush will start soon.
See also: eye, hurricane, of
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And even if there's a lull, don't go outside, McMaster warned because that could be the eye of the hurricane.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) termed Hurricane Dorian "life threatening" and asked people to refrain from leaving shelters and venturing out Monday, as the eye of the hurricane passes over the Grand Bahama.
They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they're moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it.
Bailey declined to comment but said he is "trying to stay calm in the eye of the hurricane".
Caroline said: "As you'll see in episode seven, Josh decided we were going to drive into the eye wall, the violent ring right around the eye of the hurricane, and at the last minute decided we weren't in the right position, and had to get in the car and drive even though it was a really dangerous move.
local time (1900 GMT), the eye of the hurricane passed over San Antonio Cape, the westernmost point of the Caribbean island, as heavy rains and hurricane-force winds lashed the province of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth.
Waugh's observations from the weatherballoons showed an evolution in the amount of low-level wind shear and instability from theouter bands into the eye of the hurricane. Compared to Irma, the instability was more modest, andthere were fewer tornadic cells in the outer rain bands than in Florence.
Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, said markets were "unsure if we're in the calm after the storm, the lull between storms or even in the eye of the hurricane".
Although the eye of the hurricane passed north of Haiti, 18,000 families in northern Haiti are estimated to have lost their crops as a result of the heavy rains.
The eye of the hurricane made landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 and traveled along the northern coast, where thermoelectric plants, tourist facilities, hotels, and airports are located.
The eye of the hurricane barrelled into Dominica's eastern coast on Monday evening, crossing towards the former British colony's capital, Roseau, on the south-west side.
Extreme winds, around the eye of the hurricane, are expected to
That means making time to get out of the storm and into the eye of the hurricane, where it's quiet.
Lebanon and the Arab Uprisings: In the eye of the hurricane. London: Routledge 2016.
Although each flight is different, during a typical 10-plus-hour mission, each of the five crewmembers stay busy while on their way to the storm, inside the eye of the hurricane, and on the flight back to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.