The Great Miami Hurricane of 1926

Some Information About Hurricanes

Hurricanes form when warm water with a surface temperature is at least 80 degrees F, and when wind speeds are 38 mph or above. They maintain strength by using warm water. First it`s called a tropical depression, and then it`s called a tropical storm, then a hurricane.

In the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Eastern, Pacific Ocean, the people there called the storms hurricanes. In the Western Pacific Ocean, the people there call them typhoons.

The wind speeds determines the category of a hurricane. The Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is used to categorize hurricanes. These are the wind speeds of each category. Category 1 74-95 mph, category 2 96-110 mph, category 3 111-129 mph, category 4 130-156 mph, and category 5 157 mph or higher.

The hurricane season starts in mid-August and ends in late October. The names of hurricanes are recycled every six years. The hurricanes are named by The World Meteorological Organization. If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar.

My Hurricanes History

My hurricanes name is Great Miami Hurricane of 1926. My hurricane formed on September 1926, but it didn`t make landfall untill October 1926. My hurricanes was a category 4. It landed on Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. The wind speeds were 130 to 156 mph. There were 373 deaths and 6,381 injuries. It cost 90 billion dollars. These are some facts about my hurricane. 800 people went missing. The floods were left for weeks. It was the highest sustained winds ever recorded in the United States at that time. Nearly every pier, warehouse, and vessel on Pensacola Bay was destroyed.

Hurricanes are very dangerous. They kill and injure people all the time. If you ever see a hurricane, be smart. Don`t let it kill you.

Satellite Picture

This is what it looked like. It looks big.