Hurricanes

The deadly waters and horrific winds

How is a hurricane formed? (inside left page)

The term "weather machine" means that hurricanes are like a machine, they take energy from the sun, and the atmosphere along with the earth, to make it into rain, wind, and other types of weather. So the sun is the "engine" of the whole process. The sun distributes its heat which is called convection or heat transfer. This overall makes warm water and air rise over the land and ocean. The water or air steadily moves along in the form of a current. The air and water move in pattern, which create winds and rain, which lead slowly into hurricanes. This stage in a hurricane is called a tropical disturbance. Then the storm begins circling, which later creates a tropical depression. After that, as the hurricane continues to grow over warm water, the storm continues to increase into a tropical storm. Lastly, the hurricane is fully developed into a tropical cyclone, which is the highest point that a hurricane can get to. Not all storms become hurricanes, but ones that form in the way of a hurricane would later turn into a tropical cyclone at some point. A name of a storm is not changed depending on where it is formed, but it does have something to do with it.

Tracking and preparing for a hurricane. (inside right page)

Meteorologists track storms by having the hurricane hunters go into the eye of the hurricane with a special device that can track where it's going. They can know the strength by using the same device as before to understand where the hurricane will go and how far into the land the waves would go. People could do lots of things to help track and prepare for a hurricane. They could evacuate their homes and pack a lot of things with them, they could also first look on the news to see what stage of a hurricane it is to see if they even need to evacuate or not. Some things that would be good to do in a hurricane would be to always have a safety kit on hand and move to a high place in the house (if staying there) so that there would be no one that got swept of their feet and drowned or if outside, get knocked over by the water or wind. As you can see, there are many ways to track and prepare for a hurricane, according to the storm stage from 1 to 5.

Hurricane Katrina (back page)

Hurricane Katrina destroyed lots of lives and homes.

Summary of Hurricane Katrina

On August 23, 2005 one of the deadliest hurricanes starting forming. Spiraling around, sucking up warm water, and moving swiftly, hurricane Katrina came up the coast heading straight toward the coast of Louisiana. After turning into a category 5 hurricane, the deadly storm struck New Orleans on August 29. Then something no one ever thought would happen, did. The levees broke and all the water hurled at the city of New Orleans from behind the levees and the rain from the hurricane. The city was flooded and continued to flood and pour over the New Orleans while the scouring winds practically blew the people who were still there off of their feet. Many drowned, many died, many were injured, and many had their houses either being evacuated or destroyed or both. On Tuesday August 30, 2005 the flooding was still at a constant rate and just as people wanted to turn away for one second to rest their eyes, they woke up in the morning and had everything filled with water to the brim. The next day, health and human services declare that there is a huge health risk for many, so tons of people come out of their houses mostly on boats,rafts, or mattresses, and help others. After saving life after life, they decide to call it another night, hoping and not knowing at the same time if the deadly storm were to strike again that night. Up until September 2, the food in the superdome had run out, but a supply truck came with more. These are the events of Hurricane Katrina and the deadly storm that hit the city of New Orleans in 2005.

Hurricanes

The deadly waters and horrific winds.

Citation

Hurricane Katrina, The Essential Timeline. National Geographic News. National Geographic Society. Thursday October 18, 2010. Web. Thursday October 1, 2015. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0914_050914_katrina_timeline.html