Tropical Cyclones

By: Haley J.

Introduction

A Tropical cyclone is a massive Tropical storm. It is twelve thousand times stronger than a regular storm. The winds are very, very strong. It begins as a group of storm winds when the water gets as hot as 80 F or 27 C, sometimes even hotter. It forms when the warm and moist air rises from the ocean. A cyclone creates strong winds and heavy rains. Some of them stay out in the sea while others are over land. They usually go westward near the tropics. They later move North or South into the temperature zone. The wind speed must be seventy-four miles per hour and it must last for at least 10 minutes or more for it to be an actual Tropical Cyclone. It causes the wind to spiral. In the Southern Pacific, cyclone season starts between January and March.

Devastation

Some cyclones can cause flooding damage. High winds can uproot trees and destroy forests which can be homes to many animals. Some drinking water can be contaminated by the cause of cyclones. In the last two hundred years, about 1.5 million people have been killed during a cyclone. In the Atlantic cyclones are called hurricanes. In the Pacific they are called typhoons. In the Indian Ocean they are called cyclones. In Bangladesh, located just east of India, nearly ten million people lost their homes in a 1991 cyclone.

Safety Plan

Cyclones can`t be predicted but forecasters can try to figure out the cyclone’s path. People put up storm shutters, board up their windows and put tape on the windows to prevent glass from shattering. Sometimes if there is a cyclone, people will have to evacuate buildings. In Bangladesh, the government made cyclone shelters to protect 1.3 million people from cyclones. The shelters don`t entirely solve the problem of safety during large cyclones.

Facinating facts

 Indian Ocean cyclones always travel North.  Hurricanes that curve away from land can become extratropical cyclones and cause destruction for ships. In 1991, a ``super cyclone`` battered the Orissa Region of India for thirty-six hours.  The winds are 190mph (300 km/h) and there can be a 30 foot storm surge. A cyclone led to death to about 20 000 people. About twenty million people were left homeless and were forced to live in makeshift houses  
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Check out this awesome video!!

This is a video in China about a Typhoon which is like a Tropical cyclone.

Sustainability

The technology that helps scientists investigate the changes in the climate is satellites. As the earth heats up, the climate changes and that’s how tropical storms develop. People also need to prevent air pollution by using alternative sources of energy like wind water and solar power. Global warming can also have an effect on tropical storms.