When the wind speeds in a tropical storm reach 74 mph or more, it gets designated a hurricane. Hurricanes can take a long time to develop and gather strength. They can develop for two weeks or more over an open sea. The eye of a hurricane can extend over 400 miles.
Hurricanes can cause severe damage because of the storm surge, rains, winds, and then after a hurricane is over because of poor hygiene and risks during the cleaning up operation. Flash floods can cause quick swells in inland water bodies such as lakes and streams. Landslides can also happen.
Storm surges can cause a lot of damage; these surges if riding a high tide can be quite high, sometimes up to 20 feet and have a width of around 100 miles. Storm surges cause maximum fatalities in a hurricane.
A hurricane begins to form when the conditions are right; these conditions include a low-pressure system, warm temperatures, moist environment, and tropical winds over the equator. Of a 100 tropical disturbances that originate in the Atlantic Ocean, around 25 develop into tropical depressions, out of these 25 depressions, 10 become storms, of these storms six reach hurricane levels and of these six two are likely to make landfall in the U.S. The hurricane season in America begins on 1st June and lasts till 30th November. Mid-August to Mid-September is the most active period for hurricanes.
Hurricanes lose half their intensity in twelve hours of making landfall. The storm that hit Galveston in Texas in 1900 caused the maximum casualty. It claimed 6000 lives.
Winds in the Northern Hemisphere circulate in a counter-clockwise direction around the eye of a hurricane. In the Southern Hemisphere, they circulate in a clockwise direction. The NationalHurricaneCenter tracks around 76 hurricanes in a single season. It makes use of satellite images, land-based radars, and aircrafts to gain data on hurricanes. Florida is easily the most vulnerable to hurricanes; this is because it is a peninsula and exposed to storms from the Atlantic as well as the Gulf of Mexico.
One reason why hurricanes today cause more damage is that there are more people living in the coastal areas; there is more property and greater congestion. The infrastructure and roads required to evacuate people has not been able to keep up with the population growth. Many people do not have an idea of the damage hurricanes can cause and hence do not evacuate in time.
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