May 14, 2004

Per. 4

Hurricane Report

Hurricanes have been occurring since the day this earth was formed some of the most resent and severe hurricanes that evolved are: Unnamed storm, which hit the Florida Keys in 1935 a Category 5. Also hurricane Camille, which hit Mississippi and Louisiana and Virginia in 1969 a Category 5. Last but not least Andrew, which hit Florida and Louisiana in 1992 a Category 5. There are many aspects to a hurricane such as the overall general make-up, what you need when preparing for a hurricane and also the different classifications of a hurricane.

Hurricanes are huge storms of moist air that form over the warm tropical oceans. They contain heavy rain and fierce wind of speeds of 75 miles per hour or higher. Hurricanes can also bring severe thunderstorms and tornadoes along for fun. Summer and early autumn is considered hurricane season because hurricanes feed on hot, humid air. Hurricanes develop and grow over warm ocean waters and need the warmth and moisture of the water to survive. When a hurricane hits coastal land, it hits hard with heavy rain, thunderstorms, flooding, and wild winds. Over land, the hurricane is fighting to stay alive, a fierce struggle it is destined to lose. Without the warm ocean water beneath, the hurricane will die. Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye." They have winds of at least 74 miles per hour. When they come on land, the heavy rain, strong winds and big waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge. Storm surges are very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane.

Hurricanes are classified into five categories, based on their wind speeds and potential to cause damage. A lot of hurricanes bring major rain and dangerous wind. The first category is Category One with winds 74-95 miles per hour. Category Two with winds 96-110 miles per hour Category Three with winds 111-130 miles per hour. Category Four with winds 131-155 miles per hour. Category Five with winds greater than 155 miles per hour. Once you have classified your hurricane there are a few things that you’ll have to do.

Every family should have a Hurricane Disaster Supply Kit in their home. The kit will help you and your family during hurricane. You might be without electricity and the water supply may be polluted. In a heavy winter storm or flood, you may not be able to leave your house for a few days. In times like this, you will need to rely on yourself. Your disaster supply kit will make it easier. So because of this you will need to include the following:

o water
o canned food
o cloths
o blankets
o first aid kit
o (for animals) their food
o games for children to play to pass the time
You may want to bring more but remember to not over pack. Being prepared for the worse is a small but important step.