Hurry! There's a Hurricane Coming!

By: Sia Limaye

A hurricane, also known as a tropical cyclone, is a very violent storm. One of the largest storms that happened in 2005 would be Hurricane Katrina. About 1,833 people died due to the hurricane and according to FEMA Katrina was the "most costliest hurricane in U.S. history." Another humongous hurricane was Hurricane Sandy, which happened in 2012. About 147 deaths occurred during that storm. Sandy was the second most costliest hurricane in the U.S. Hurricanes are measured by wind speeds, with categories 1-5. The wind speeds could be 74 miles per hours and go all the way up to 155 miles per hour and higher.

How do hurricanes form?

Have you ever wondered how a hurricane comes to life? Well, they form near the equator where there is warm water. These storms need moist air and water to form properly. Once they form, the wind from the hurricane spirals around the storm and pushes water into a mound at the center of the storm. This mound becomes dangerous once the storms reaches land because it causes a lot of flooding along the coast. Once a hurricane hits land, they become slightly weaker because there is no warm water to give them fuel, but they still move farther inland, causing a lot of wind damage before the actually die out.

How do you prepare for a hurricane?

A hurricane is very dangerous, and there is really no way to stop it. The only way you can be really safe is if you prepare for one. Preparation is the key to survive when it comes to a storm like this.

If you want to prepare for autumn (the time when hurricanes usually occur), follow these simple tasks. If you live near the coast of an ocean, then you should make sure that you know all of the evacuation routes. You should always have a handy first aid kit, just in case something unexpected happens. Having plenty of batteries and flashlights and non-perishable food can also be very helpful if the power goes off.

If you get a warning about an upcoming hurricane, you should follow these suggestions. If you live near a low area, leave as soon as possible. People that live on higher grounds, protect your windows with plywood boars or storm shutters. Stock up on gas and water, for later use, and have a supply of food for each member in your family or whoever lives in your house.

If you know that a hurricane is coming your way, follow these instructions. Pay attention to local weather reports on the radio, television, or the internet. Make sure you have the house boarded up, or the storm shutters are in its place. Have plenty of food and water. And most importantly, make sure you have a secure room to take shelter in if the storm hits.

If you are experiencing a storm at this moment, do the following. Calmly stay in you secure room and monitor the weather updates and civil service bulletins on NOAA or a regular radio. Stay away form the windows and be sure not to use any cellular device or candles.

What happens when a hurricane hits?

There are many ways a hurricane can leave it mark, from strong winds to rip tides. They are all very different, but they all have one thing in common. They create major damage.

Strong winds are one way a hurricane can strike. They are one of the most common means of damage of destruction. They can lead to uproot trees, knocked down buildings and homes, sunk or grounded boats and flipped cars.

Another way a hurricane can cause a lot of damage is by heavy rainfall and flooding. This causes flash and long term flooding. These storms are known to drop three feet of rain in just two days. Flooding kills more people than the strong winds do.

Believe it or not, tornadoes actually happen, in hurricanes. They usually form within the eye of the storm. They occur in heavy rainfall, making them difficult to see. They are really damage and can cause a lot of serious damage to anything it touches.

Rip tides are also a sign of damage that a hurricane can cause. Strong sea currents push away from the shore as a strong storm is near. They are formed by strong winds that push the water towards the shore . They are usually the first sign of a nearby hurricane.

In conclusion, hurricanes are something to know about, to be aware of, and to take action on. When a storm comes, be prepared and be careful on how you approach it. Warn everyone and try to keep yourself safe. Hurricanes aren't something to shake off, to not care about. As you can see, hurricanes have cause a lot of damage and killed a lot of people in multiple ways. If you live near the coast, or even near a bunch of trees, this is something you should take consideration of. Use the tips and advice in this article to help you, and if you want more information.