Severe Weather

by Alexandra Ensminger


What Is A Hurricane?

A hurricane is a large storm that forms over warm ocean water with very strong winds that blow in a circular pattern around the center (eye) of the storm.

Wow Fact

The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 was a bad hurricane. It caused between 8000 to 12000 deaths. It hit the Texas coast south of Galveston on September 8. It was a Catagory 4 hurricane. Wow!!!

Safety Tips

Board up windows in your house;stay away from windows and move further inland if you are near the coast.


What Is A Tornado?

A small, funnel-shaped cloud that spirals down from a severe storm cloud with winds blowing at very high speeds.

Wow Fact

The Tri - State tornado was a very severe F5 tornado. It formed on March 18,1925 at 1:00pm and survived more than 3 whole hours!!! It broke both records for path length and speed. It ripped through Reynolds County and ended all the way in Pike County, Indiana. Now that was a fierce tornado!

Safety Tips

Stay away from windows; if you can't find strong shelter, lie flat in a ditch or other low place, and don't stay in your car.


What Is A Thunderstorm?

A severe storm with lightning, thunder, heavy rains and strong winds. Hail and tornadoes may also form.

Wow Fact

Once a guy got a picture of a lightning bolt hitting the Statue of Liberty!

Safety Tips

Stay inside if possible; stay out of water, and don't go under trees.