Hurricanes

In Florida

What causes hurricanes to form?

Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. These water molecules condense, and they start to swirl inward towards the low pressure area, and the winds build up. Hurricanes slowly die as they move over cooler waters, which do not have the heat energy necessary to evaporate enough water vapor into the atmosphere to fuel the hurricane. If the hurricane crosses over to land, the heat source is removed completely, causing the hurricane to die down.

Stay Safe!


Here are some things you may want to put in your hutticane survival kit:

- water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

- food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days

- non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices

- foods for infants or the elderly

- non-electric can opener

- cooking tools and fuel

- paper plates and plastic utensils

- blankets and pillows

- clothing: include rain gear and sturdy shoes

- first aid kit, medicines and prescription drugs, and a list of your doctors, medications and allergies

- prescription eyewear

- special items for babies and the elderly

- toothbrushes, floss, etc.

- whistle to signal for help

- dust mask, to help filter contaminated air

- flashlight and batteries

- radio (battery-operated)

- household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper (when diluted in water, bleach can be used to kill germs)

- fire extinguisher

- matches in a waterproof container

- phones: fully charged cell phone with an extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set

- cash (with some small bills) and credit cards (banks and ATMs might not be available)

- keys

- toys, books, games

- paper and pen/pencil

- important documents in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card(s)

- toolbox

- sunscreen

What Living Organisms are Affected?

Historical Impact

Building Codes

have greatly changed due to hurricane Andrew, as it has prompted the state to create hardier buildings that can withstand high winds in case of another major disaster.


Also, because of hurricanes, main roads have been widened to allow more traffic out of hurricane affected areas, especially in the Florida Keys.

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This can be the result of a hurricane. ⏫⏫⏫⏫⏫

Websites

I got the items for the survival kit from a website that I couldn't find or remember, but I paraphrased them and I deleted the things that I thought were unimportant. I also got some information from my father, who drives all around the state.