Hurricanes: The Mightiest of Storms

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The Mightiest of Storms: Hurricanes!

Have you ever heard of a hurricane? Do you know what it is or how it can affect people Hurricanes are a part of life along the coastal regions of the United States. Many hurricanes have hit the United States. States that lie along the Gulf of Mexico like Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have experienced devastating hurricanes for centuries.

The eastern coast of the United States also has dealt with Hurricanes and their fury as well. Hurricanes rotate counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

What is a hurricane? A hurricane is a very destructive and dangerous storm. It forms in stages. Strong wind, rain, tornadoes and storm surges often occur in areas the places where hurricanes make landfall. To help distinguish between storms, in the early fifties, hurricanes were named. Until 1978 only the names of women were used. In 1979, that system changed. At that time, both of men and women’s names were used.

Some are small and others quite large. But whatever the case, hurricanes are the mightiest of all storms. In the center of a hurricane is an eye. Warm water helps hurricanes gain strength. When the hurricane makes landfall, they normally weaken.

One key factor about hurricanes is the importance of hurricane safety. The people were encouraged to listen to the warnings and prepare for the storms.

In 1900, Galveston, Texas was the target of a hurricane and storm surge. The town was flattened overnight and 6,000-12,000 people died because they were not prepared for the storm. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is known as the deadliest Hurricane ever to hit the United States.

Technology through the years have helped hurricane areas prepare. Hurricanes evacuation announcements can be heard and seen on the television, radio or even on the internet.

When hurricanes hit, problems range from trees and power lines knocked down, ruined agricultural crops, accidents of all types and even death.

So, the most important thing to remember is to be prepared and listen for weather updates as hurricanes move toward your area. Evacuation is the key factor that may save your life during a hurricane headed toward you and your family.

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1. Hurricanes are a part of life along the regions of the United States.

2. A hurricane is a very and dangerous storm. It forms in stages.

3. States that lie along the like Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have experienced devastating hurricanes for centuries.

4. The coast of the United States also has dealt with Hurricanes and their fury as well.

5. Strong wind, rain, tornadoes and storm often occur in areas the places where hurricanes make landfall.

6. In , hurricane naming system changed. At that time, both of men and women’s names were used.

7. Warm water helps hurricanes gain strength. When the hurricane makes landfall, they normally weaken.

8. The Hurricane Scale is a scale which divides hurricanes into five categories depending on how strong they are and by their wind speed.

9. When the winds in this type storm range from 35 to 54 miles an hour, it is called a tropical .

10. When the winds are from 55 to 74 miles an hour then it is called a tropical .

11. When it reaches 74 miles an hour, it is called a .

12. The three Category 5 storms to hit the USA were the 1935 hurricane, Hurricane , which hit Mississippi in 1969, and Hurricane , which hit Florida on August 24, 1992.

13. Hurricane Katrina has been dubbed as the “ hurricane” in American History.

14. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is known as the Hurricane ever to hit the United States.

15. through the years have helped hurricane areas prepare for hurricanes.