Hurricanes By: Miss O'Connor

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


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