Hurricanes

Audrie Boswell and Jowie Patano

Defintion of a hurricane

The defintion of a hurricane is a storm with a violent winds, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean; in other words an intense circular storm.

The negative effects around its natural environment and ecosystems

Hurricanes may destroy organisms, but they may also promote their spread. Seeds borne on their ferocious winds may be sown far from their sources, thus facilitating the dispersal of plant species. The right side of the hurricane causes the most destruction with storm surges, winds, and tornadoes. Hurricanes can bring bacteria in the water sources and make it unsafe for humans and water life.

The negative effects of a hurricane towards people

The number 1 killer storm in recorded history struck Calcutta in 1737, with 300,000 offically dead. Hurricanes can cause people to drown. Hurricanes can destroy or kill thousands of people, leaving their loved ones heartbroken and devestated. Hurricanes can destroy building structures by pulling the sand from underneath the structure of the buildings.

The Texas Eco-Region that can be affected by this event, and the occurance of Weathering, Erosion and Deposition.

The Texas eco-region being affected by this event is the Coastal Plains. And yes the occurance does happen in this eco-region by hurricanes breaking down rock into smaller pieces. Erosion, caused by the winds of a hurricane, carry the smaller pieces of rock away from its source. Then the rocks get deposited somewhere else in environment.

An example of a hurricane that has occured in history

Hurricane Katrina occured on the Gulf Coastal in the United States (mainly around New Orleans, Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabama). What happened whenever Hurricane Katrina struck these places was that levee branches was led to massive flooding. Water seeped through the soil underneath some levees and swept others away altogether.When the storm surge (as high as 9 meters in some places) arrived, it overwhelmed many of the city's unstable levees and drainage canals. How it affected the people and the environment was that hundreds and thousands of people in Lousiana, Mississippi, and Alabama were displaced from their homes. Tens of thousands of people were desperate for food. HUrricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 and affected some 90,000 square miles of the United States. Many people were either stranded or missing. The environment was affected badly by all the storm surges ferocious winds, and flooding.

Other interesting facts

Katrina created these conditions, and left many of New Orleans's poorest citizens even more vulnerable than they had been before the storm. By 9 a.m., low-lying places like the Saint Bernard Parish and the ninth ward were under so much water that people had to scramble to attics and rooftops for safety. Nearly 80% off the city was under some quantity of water caused by the hurricane.

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