Natural Disasters: Hurricanes By: Jerome Kim

Hurricane is a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm.

Hurricanes are formed above the Atlantic Ocean and eastern Pacific Ocean.

Hurricane Formation

Hurricanes only form above warm ocean waters close to the equator because it needs warm, moist air to form. When the warm, moist air rises it is replaced by cooler air and that air will then warm and start to rise. This form giant storm clouds, then these clouds will begin to rotate with the spin of the Earth forming an organized system. If there is enough warm water, the cycle will continue, and the storm clouds and wind speeds will grow, forming a hurricane.

Different Types of Tropical Storms

Hurricanes are the storms in the Western Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Pacific Ocean, Cyclones are the storms in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific Ocean, and Typhoons are the storms in the Western Pacific Ocean.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Chart

Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricane in the United States. An estimate of 1833 people died in total, and caused about $108 billion worth of damage by this violent disaster.

How to survive from a hurricane

- Hurricanes lose strength as they move over land.

- Hurricanes can create tornadoes.

- Hurricanes killed about 2 million people over the last 200 years.

- Coastal region are most at danger from hurricane.

- The winds of tropical storms in the Southern Hemisphere flow in clockwise, but the winds of tropical storm in the Northern Hemisphere flow in counter clockwise.

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