Hurricane Elena above
How a hurricane forms
- Hot air rises and then the water vapor cools and comes back down into large water droplets
- Forming large cumulonimbus clouds. These clouds are just the beginning.
- Warm air rises, causing an area of lower air pressure below
- Winds come together forcing the air to go upward
- Winds go out and over the storm
- Humid air rises making the clouds of storm
- Winds from the outside come in and blow in allowing the hurricane to grow
Preparing for a hurricane
Hurricane warnings go out at least 24 hours before they occur. The safest place to be during a hurricane is in the basement. You want to have a first aid kit and batteries+radio or flashlight. You always want to keep in touch with the news for updates on the storm. During a storm you don't want to be near windows or anything that can fall on top of you or your shelter. If you get a warning telling you to evacuate you need to do so immediately. Hurricanes only form near the equator so if you don't live near the equator you shouldn't be worried. Hurricane season is from June to September.
Labor day hurricane of 1935
September 2, 1935 a hurricane came through Florida's bend. Hurricane of 1934 took away about 400 lives. It was a category 5 hurricane and had wind gusts up to 200 mph. The pressure was 892 millibars. There was $6 million plus dollars in damage.
2005 Hurricane Katrina
In 2005 hurricane Katrina came by and hit the gulf coast of the U.S. The hurricane was category 3 with wind gusts 100-140 mph. It stretched over 400 miles of land. The hurricane killed hundreds and thousands of people and left 7-5 people missing. Katrina caused $81 billion dollars in property damages. More than 34,00 people were rescued.