the eye of the storm

the eye of the storm

The center of a tumultuous situation, typically a conflict of some kind. The phrase alludes to the center of an actual storm, such as a hurricane, which rotates around a central point. I had no idea when I walked into that meeting that I'd be stepping into the eye of the storm—Bernice and Terri were already at each other's throats.
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the eye of the storm

1 the calm region at the centre of a storm or hurricane. 2 the most intense part of a tumultous situation.
2 1998 Times He [ Mr Yeltsin ] was now our heroic figure in the eye of the storm, preaching defiance…from the top of a tank outside the White House.
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Wind gusts in the eye of the storm are about 240 km / h.
By 7 p.m., the eye of the storm was located 360 kilometers east-southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, Eluanbi, and moving north-northwest at a speed of 17 km per hour.
The wind speed around the centre will be around 64 - 70 knots, and the distance between the eye of the storm and Omani coasts will be 750 km.
PACA said that the wind speed around the centre will be around 64-70 knots and the distance between the eye of the storm and Omani coasts will be 750km.
The eye of the storm was located 1,815 kilometers east of northern Luzon on Friday afternoon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
Emma said: "The theme is interesting as from what I believe we'll see people who have been in the eye of the storm - either on the receiving or giving end.
OUTLAWS: LOS HOMBRES MALO / IN THE EYE OF THE STORM (RETROWORLD) American Deep South rock band The Outlaws were formed in Tampa, Florida, in 1974 and were made up then by guitarists Hughie Thomasson, Billy Jones and Henry Paul, plus Monte Yoko on drums and Frank O'Keefe on bass (replaced by Harry Arnold in 1977).
Doyle has been in the eye of the storm over the past five years, through an unprecedented era of change and disruption in the ocean cargo industry.
PUERTO Rico and Dominica are struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria as the eye of the storm nears the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The eye of the storm was situated between 40 and 90 miles away from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and taking a cue from Puerto Rico, the island is bracing for flooding.
As the eye of the storm is expected to move north to mainland
The eye of the storm is predicted to move northeast toward Nebraska and South Dakota and expected to dump as much snow on those states.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) located the eye of the storm at 280 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Baler, Aurora as of 10 a.m., July 4.
The MP told the Voice of Lebanon radio that the dangerous security situation and the Cabinet paralysis put the country in the eye of the storm. On the other note, the lawmaker said that the consultations to prevent the continuation of the Cabinet crisis had stopped, adding that "the political factions are seriously trying to find solutions to two issues, the election of a president and parliament's disruption".
The eye of the storm crossed the coast between Visakhapatnam and Bheemilipatnam around 11.30 am, which resulted in winds subsiding but heavy rains continued through the day.