Hurricane Season

November 16, 2012

Its Hurricane season!

If you didn't know hurricanes are violent super storms that destroy everything in it's path. They are defiantly one of natures most deadly forces. Hurricanes form over a large mass of warm ocean water during the warmer months. Air from surrounding areas with higher air pressure pushes in to the low pressure area. Then the “new” air becomes warm and moist and rises, too. As the warm air continues to rise, the surrounding air swirls in to take its place. As the warmed, moist air rises and cools off, the water in the air forms clouds. The whole system of clouds and wind spins and grows, fed by the ocean’s heat and water evaporating from the surface forming a tropical storm. Then with winds exeling over 74 mph, the tropical storm is then officialy classified as a hurricane.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Hurricanes come in many diffrent powers due to diffrent conditions. The Saffir- Simpson Scale is based of a 1-5 scale on how much wind speed and how much damage is done.

1. wind speed 74-95 mph. No real damage to building structures. Most damage to unanchored mobile homes, and trees.

2. wind speed 96-110 mph. Some roofing material, door, and window damage to buildings and also considerable damage to crops and vegetation.

3. wind speed of 110-130 mph. Some structural damage to small buildings with a minor amount of structual support.

4. wind speed of 131-155 mph. Well built homes will have alot of damage done to their extirior structure.

5. wind speed of 156 mph or above. Well built homes will be totaly leveld and most residential areas will uninhabital for months

Historical Hurricanes

Hurricane katrina was one of the strongest storms to impact the coast of the United States during the last 100 years. it first started out as a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale) and minimum central pressure the third lowest on record at landfall. Katrina caused widespread devastation along the central Gulf Coast states of the US. Cities such as New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL, and Gulfport, MS were all affected byy Katrina, it took weeks and even months before evrything was restored
Hurricanes can cause billions of dollars worth of property damage ever year to man-made fixtures as well as to natural surroundings such as trees. If their is a hurricane watch in your please take advisory and stay indoors.