Galveston Hurricane of 1900
What is a Hurricane?
A hurricane forms off of the coast of Africa. The warm waters of the Atlantic fuel the hurricane. Typically once a hurricane makes landfall it loses strength because it no longer has warm water. Hurricanes occur most often in the fall months of the year, however hurricane season runs from the beginning of June through the end of November. There are similar storms to hurricanes found in different parts of the world. For example, hurricanes occur in the Atlantic, while a typhoon takes place in the Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes are categorized based upon their wind speed and storm surge. For example, in order for a storm to be classified a hurricane, it must reach up to 74 mph winds. Categories of hurricanes range from 1-5, five being the most dangerous of categories.