Deadly Seas: Hurricanes
by Colin Phipps
How is a hurricane formed?
The term "weather machine" describes natural forces working together.A hurricane starts off as a group of thunderstorms called a tropical disturbance.Then it progresses to a tropical depression with up to 38 mph winds.Next comes a tropical storm with winds 39-73 mph winds.Finally comes a hurricane with winds higher than 73 mph.Not all storms become hurricanes though.If a hurricane is in Asia it would be called a typhoon.In the Americas it's called a hurricane.Also if it landed in India it would be called a cyclone.
Tracking and Preparing for a hurricane.
Meteorologists work with Hurricane Hunters who track the path of hurricanes.Scientists also use satellite images to track and name hurricanes.Meteorologists use the Saffir-Simpson scale to rate a hurricane's strength.Some steps people take to prepare for a hurricane are that they get or make a hurricane kit.Hurricane kits usually include water per person for 7 days and food per person for 7 days.They also include flashlights,batteries,and clothing and blankets.
When Haiyan hit the Philipenes things took a turn for the worse. Entire towns were flooded by the storm surge and rain. The wind knocked down houses and buildings! Around 10,000 people were killed and 600,000 were displaced in this natural disaster. Most of those people needed supplies such as food and water. The aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan