November 16, 2012


Have you ever wondered how hurricanes form? Well today I am going to tell you how they form and how they maintain strength. I am going to tell you about how hurricane Katrina formed and how much damage that it caused, the death toll, and how much it cost to fix the damage caused.

How Hurricanes Form

Hurricanes form out in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Africa. They form in warm (80 degree) water first as low pressure systems. They gain strength from all the warm water around them. Once hurricanes make landfall they weaken from the lack of warm water. This is how hurricanes form and how the maintain strength. The picture to the right shows how much damage hurricane Katrina caused. This shows a building surrounded with water

How Hurricanes Are Categorized

People categorize hurricanes by names. In 1953, people decided to name hurricanes by girl names. The names are put in alphabetical order to keep track of them. In 1979, people decided not just to use girl names but boy names also. Hurricanes are categorized from 1-5 (1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest). People call this scale the Saffir-Simpson Scale. These are a few things about how hurricanes are categorized and named.

Hurricane Katrina

I got to choose a historic hurricane so I chose Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive hurricanes in history. Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 28, 2005 in Louisiana. Hurricane Katrina caused $105,840,000,000, billion dollars in damage while crossing the western United States. Hurricane Katrina caused over 1,200 deaths on its path of destruction. Hurricane Katrina was stopped over the western great lakes. These are a few facts about Hurricane Katrina.
I hope you enjoyed these facts about Hurricane Katrina, formation and strength, and categorizing and naming hurricanes. I hope you will be more careful to take precautions during Hurricanes. These facts will help you understand more about hurricanes and how they work.

Dylan Owen