Facts about how a Hurricane forms

  • form by the equator, over warm ocean waters
  • they can last up to a week
  • span about 600 miles having winds about 75 to 200 miles per hour
  • they get energy from the warm ocean waters
  • seawater evaporation increases their power
  • they rotate clockwise around a hole in the middle of the Hurricane called an "eye"
  • the center of the eye is the calmest part of the storm
  • on land heavy rains, strong winds, and big waves damage houses, trees, cars and people
  • they only form over 80 degree or warmer oceans
  • cumulus clouds are in a hurricane
  • forms by hot and cold air mixing and pushing together

Historical Hurricanes

A house fallen because of Hurricane Andrew

Hurricane Andrew- August 24th, 1992

  • hit Florida city and Homestead
  • winds were about 195 MPH
  • $25-26.5 billion were lost
  • there were about 65 deaths
  • No recorded injuries found

Hurricane Galveston

  • happened in Galveston, Texas, September 8th, 1900
  • more than 10,000 to 12,000 people died
  • $30 to 700 billion lost
  • over 10,000 people were injured

Impact on Human Life

If you live on a beach house you should have it raised up on a level hill- like a small cliff- so that your house wont be washed away.

Build houses out of brick and concrete, NOT wood in common hurricane areas

get a storm detector, an emergency supply of food, drinks, and blankets

have the pack easily accessible and easily maneuverable for when needed

House wricage and water flow from Hurricane Galveston

Books and Websites Used

Lauber, Patricia. Hurricanes: Earth's Mightiest Storms. New York: Scholastic, 1996. Print.

Morgan, Sally. Hurricanes. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech, 2000. Print. weatherwizkids.com


storm detector- a device that tells you when a storm is coming

maneuverable- easy to get and take places without any trouble

accessible- easy to get to when needed

evaporation- water that is heated up and rises into the air, forming clouds

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