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Transcript of Hurricanes
Definition of a Hurricane
a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean.
Why are hurricanes potentially dangerous to coastal areas?
Hurricanes are dangerous for coastal areas because hurricanes can develop in the ocean which then the hurricane makes landfall to move inward on land. Coastal areas will get a harder hit because they are closer to the ocean then the further inward areas.
How are hurricane paths projected?
According to Weather Underground, hurricane path projections are the result of multiple computer modeling programs taking into account large amounts of atmospheric data about the storm. Some models use only the current atmospheric conditions in their calculations, while others take into account historical data about past storms and the ways they moved in order to anticipate possible storm paths.
What land locations around the world have the highest incidences of hurricanes?
Since hurricanes are natural and form in the ocean around summer time near the equator (where the ocean is very hot), the area with the highest incidents of hurricanes (around the world) would be near the gulf of Mexico, Florida, Cal. , and any places near the equator with warm ocean water, that provides moisture and warmth to support the hurricane.
Where do Hurricanes form?
Most hurricanes that hit the United States begin either in the Caribbean or the Atlantic. Many of the worst start as seedlings coming off the coast of Africa. Like all tropical cyclones, a hurricane needs the warm water of the tropics, which feeds a storm with energy, in order to form.
How are hurricanes measured?
Hurricane winds are measured using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale. This scale was first developed in the late 1960s and was further developed in the early 1970s. It uses measurements in pressure, wind speed, storm surge and damage potential to put hurricanes into 5 categories.
How are meteorologists around the world studying hurricanes?
Meteorologists are using Satellite images to locate the center of eye the point around it a low pressure is formed.They will be watching the movement of this eye point. They can only tell you the probable time and location and its intensity where it may affect.
What can people living in coastal areas do to prepare for hurricanes?
Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action.
Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
Have house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place.
Have plenty of food and water.
Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use.
Have a secure room available.
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Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out.
Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
Use stored water and food.
Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.
What are some notable hurricanes in recent history? How have they affected the people who lived in their paths?
Atlantic - Gulf 1919
Killed over hundreds to thousands of people
Damages houses, land, power lines and more
Moves around 74 mph
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