What is a Hurricane?
A Hurricane is tropical cyclone with winds of 119 km/h or higher. A typical hurricane is about 600 kilometers across
They form in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
When a hurricane strikes in the Western Pacific, they are called typhoons
In the Indian Ocean, they are called cyclones.
A hurricane begins over warm ocean water as low-pressure area, or tropical disturbance.
How do Hurricanes Form?
Example of a hurricane: Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina hit in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- It was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the US
- It was a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 175 mph
- The levees in New Orleans were designed to withstand a Category 3 hurricane so they broke and the city was flooded
- It affected 15 million people in some way
- 80% of New Orleans was under water