Hurricanes By. Zach Jarema


When hurricanes form, they form over the warm moist oceans of the Atlantic and Pacific ocean near the equator. Close to the Philippines and the China sea. Hurricanes start off as tropical storms. When the heat rises and the water evaporates enough, enormous amounts of hot moist air are twisted high in the atmosphere. The winds begin to circle counterclockwise north of the equator or clockwise south of the equator. The peaceful middle part of the hurricane is called the eye. Closer to the center, the winds can blow from 74 - 200 mph. If the hurricane stays up to around 79 degrees fahrenheit. Then the water will continue to evaporate and expand the storm. When the hurricane crosses land or cool waters, it loses its momentum and force. When the wind speeds drop to below 74 mph it isn't isn't a hurricane anymore.

Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005)

Early in the morning Hurricane Katrina struck the golf of the US. When the storm was first came over the land, it was a category 3 rating on the saffir-Simpson , the winds were at a speed of 100-140 mph and was 400 miles across. During the storm there was a lot of damage done, but the aftermath was catastrophic. There were a lot of following floods, and a lot of people were mad at the government for not tending to their needs. Many People from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama got displaced from their homes, and the estimated cost of the damage was up to $100 billion.

What some people had to say.

At one point, early on, some public figures even asked whether it 'made sense' to rebuild New Orleans. Would you let your own mother die because it didn't make financial sense to spend the money to treat her, or because you were too busy to spend the time to heal her sick spirit?” ―Tom Piazza

“People don't live in New Orleans because it is easy. They live here because they are incapable of living anywhere else in the just same way.” ―Ian McNilty

“He must trust, and he must have faith. And so he builds, because what is building, and rebuilding and rebuilding again, but an act of faith?” ―Dave Eggers

“Life is a hurricane, and we board up to save what we can and bow low to the earth to crouch in that small space above the dirt where the wind will not reach. We honor anniversaries of deaths by cleaning graves and sitting next to them before fires, sharing food with those who will not eat again. We raise children and tell them other things about who they can be and what they are worth: to us, everything. We love each other fiercely, while we live and after we die. We survive; we are savages.” ―Jesmyn Ward



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