Hurricanes

By: Kate Leachman~October 24~Period: 3

WHAT IS IT AND WHY DOES IT FORM?

A hurricane is a severe tropical storm that forms in large bodies of warm water. It is powered by a violent wind to crash destructive waves on shores.
Hurricanes form when warm air rises and starts to form clouds. The wind spins and swirls the clouds faster an faster. As the wind speed increase, the more extensive the impact is


Where do hurricanes strike?

Islands or coasts near the equator encounter the most hurricanes. This is because hurricanes need warm air around the ocean to form. There for, the summer and the fall are hurricane season when the weather is the warmest.


Hurricane technology

Satellites give a better understanding of a hurricanes strength. Using satellites they can teach the growth and development of the storm.

Doppler radars provides data on the movement of the hurricane and it's wind speeds.

The Reconnaissance aircraft is used to go inside the eye of the hurricane. When inside information such as location and intensity can be identified.


Before present day, hurricane technology was just observations. It is needless to say that the technology for tracking and collecting data about hurricanes have improved. The data used today is reliable and effective. There is no need to improve upon the technology used to track hurricanes but rather technology to prevent the massive hurricane damages.

The impact of hurricanes

Hurricanes have a great impact locally and economically when they strike. A town or an entire city can be destroyed in less than a day; leaving people without homes and sometimes leaving people to mourn over loss. The damage in unimaginable, making the repairs an economic burdin. Millions of dollars go into repairing and rebuilding towns and cities.

Other than the people hurricanes affect directly, the damage is negligible to others. There is almost never a global impact because of hurricanes.


Documented Disasters

Hurricane Katrina, in August of 2005, was the largest and third strongest storm to hit in the US. It impacted about 90,000 square miles with damage. Most of the areas that were hit by the hurricane had to be rebuilt. The people directly impacted by the storm are still suffering economic set backs.

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States. Over 100 people died in this tragic natural disaster. Millions of dollars were spent for property damages and loss of businesses. Making money tight for everyone involved.



Humanitarian Services

When facing the disasters of hurricanes, citizens are not alone. The Marines are called in to help with repairing some damages, assisting residents shovel out thick mud brought into their homes, and they brought massive water pumps to remove extra water from the cities. The task force was also physically there to give their service. Another big contributor to helping with the aftermath is the American Red Cross. They provide shelter, food, and physical and health services.

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