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Hurricane Igor

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Hayden Zavitz

on 3 October 2014

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Transcript of Hurricane Igor

Hurricane Igor formed on September 8th, 2010 and then dissipated on September 23rd, 2010. This was the most destructive tropical cyclone to ever strike Newfoundland even though the waters around Newfoundland are usually to cold to withstand a hurricane. None of the other canadian hurricanes have ever dropped as much water as Hurricane Igor. Hurricane Igor manged to reach 1450km wide and was the largest Atlantic by gale force winds diameter.
Details of the Event
Most of the problems from Hurricane Igor were because of flooding. The roads were all flooded so the people in Newfoundland couldn't drive anywhere and this also ended up having a lot of road damage. The hurricane also caused of damage/destruction to homes, vehicles, and personal possesions. This meant that the people couldn't buy food, gas, and clean drinking water because the streets were that flooded.
Impact on People
Hurricane Igor didn't have as big of an affect on the environment as it did on the people. Yes, it was the most damaging tropical cyclone to strike Newfoundland, most of what it caused was a major amount of flooding to the land. Now major flooding can bring chemicals and other harsh substances, and these substances can flow into bodies of water where the people may get there drinking water. Many trees were ripped out of the ground during the process of Hurricane Igor, but the largest number of trees were ripped out of the ground in the capital city St. Johns. The fatality and total damage caused by this hurricane added up to around 200 million dollars to repair. There was so much flooding to the environment because over 200mm of rain fell from the sky. Severe river flooded the entire eastern part of Newfoundland, washing any numerous bridges and roads.
Impact on Environment
Hurricane Igor affected 150 communties in Newfoundland which meant that there was going to be a lot of repairs throughout the island. There was around 50,000 people without power for around 12 days this meant that money was bein spent to fix or even rebuild power lines because they littered the streets.
Economic Repercussions
By: Hayden, Jenna & Emma
Hurricane Igor
Hurricane Igor was created in Bermuda then started drifting towards Canada. While the hurricane passed through Bermuda it started to intensify as it turned to the northeast. At 2am on September 21st Igor's direction switched north. It maintained its characteristics until September 22nd.
Around noon on September 21st the hurricane just missed Newfoundland the heaviest rain fell on Sept 21st. Igor lashed through Newfoundland on Sept 21st as a category 1 storm. Hurricane Igor
never did make landfall.
If you were lucky enough to still have a fishing boat then that's how you would get around because Igor blew away most of the boats. Igor also ripped up the towns only store and post office. The people from the town had to help the owner of the store so it could be rebuilt later. There wasn't much transportation because of the flooding and the bridges were all washed out but the community worked together.
I think that the most important thing that Hurricane Igor did to the environment was how it made the seas surface temperature decrease 6 Celsius. It did however increase 0.8mg/m^3 in the phytoplankton concentration which deepened the mixed-layer from 18m to 60m. This mostly happened because of the vertical mixing due to wind stirring effect.
Hurricanes also have a huge effect on estuarine and coastal habitats. Hurricanes generate strong winds that can completely destroy forests, and that's exactly what happened to Newfoundland.
There was one man that was just outside on his driveway and the ground beneath him collapsed. unfuturity the man was dragged out to sea, and that giant hole left there cost around 100,000 dollars to repair on its own.
At the end of the day Newfoundland had to pay 200 million dollars to repair everything, it also affected peoples economics because many businesses were destroyed
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