Hurricane Mitch

October 24th, 1998 By: Calee Lance

General Information

A hurricane forms off the coast of Africa.The categories for a hurricane are ranged from 1 to 5. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Gulf of Mexico.

A hurricane develops over warm water and uses it as an energy source. Once a hurricane makes landfall, they weaken because they are not over warm water anymore.Hurricanes maintain thier strength over warm water.Hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th. The difference between a hurricane and a typhoon is nothing except geography.In the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico,they are called hurricanes.In the western Pacific Ocean,they are called typhoons.Hurricanes usually develop in tropical places of the world.

Categorizing and Naming Hurricanes

Hurricanes are named in alphabetical order.The history behind how hurricanes are named is in 1953 the U.S. Weather Bureau started using woman's names.Woman's names were used until 1979. In 1979 they started using men's names too.If hurricane does significant damage, that name retired and replaced with another name. The scale that is used to categorize hurricanes is the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.What determines the category of a hurricane is its wind speed. The wind speeds of a category 1 hurricane is 74 to 95 miles per hour.The wind speeds of a category 2 hurricane is 96 to 100 miles per hour. The wind speeds of a category 3 hurricane is 111 to 130 miles per hour.The wind speeds of a category 4 hurricane is 131 to 155 miles per hour.The wind speeds of a category 5 hurricane is anything higher than 155 miles per hour.

Hurricane Mitch 1998

My famous hurricane is Hurricane Mitch. Hurricane Mitch formed on October 29th,1998. Hurricane Mitch made landfall on October 29th. Hurricane Mitch made landfall over northern Honduras. It was a category 5 and the wind speeds were higher than 155 miles per hour.It caused an estimated 9,000 deaths in Central America. Hurricane Mitch cost 40 million dollars in damage. Hurricane Mitch was re-born. When it crossed south Florida as a tropical storm on November 5,later that day it became an extratropical storm. Two people died in the Florida Keys when a boat capsized. Thirty-one people died when the schooner Fantome sank as it encountered the high wind speeds and seas associated with the hurricane.

Extra Information about Hurricanes

Hurricanes are storms that cause a lot of rain and flooding. Some hurricanes in the past have caused more damage than other storms.People should take precautions if there is a hurricane coming.