What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a storm with violent winds and floods that is similar to a tropical cyclone but it is much more powerful.

How Does a Hurricane Form?

  • A hurricane forms with three things, very hot water, an ocean or sea, steamy air, and water gas, clouds that are stormy.
  • The water in the sea heats up to become very hot.
  • Then the air can become steamy from that.
  • Then the water gas rising from the heated up water becomes a water gas.
  • The water gas mixes with the steamy air.
  • Then that goes into the stormy clouds.
  • Winds get added into the clouds and water gas mixed with steamy air.
  • Then a hurricane forms from that.
  • Hurricanes don't happen often because the water has to be very hot which doesn't happen often.
This is a picture showing hurricane formation.

Historical Examples of Hurricanes

  • Hurricane Galveston happened in 1900
  • Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005
  • 1,800 people died in Hurricane Katrina
  • 8,000 people died in Hurricane Galveston
  • Hurricane Katrina costed 75 billion dollars in property damage
  • Hurricane Galveston costed 30 million dollars in property damage
  • More people survived Katrina because with modern technology and people knowing more survival techniques, less people died.
  • Hurricane Galveston injuries are not listed
  • Hurricane Katrina injuries are not listed
  • Hurricane Katrina happened in the New Orleans area mostly.
  • Hurricane Galveston happened in the texas area mostly.
  • Hurricane Katrina Happened on Tuesday August, 5th 2005
  • Hurricane Galveston happened on September, 8th 1900.
This is a picture of hurricane Katrina
This is a tracking radar tracking Hurricane Galveston.

Hurricane facts

  • Hurricane winds spin from 75 mph to 200 mph
  • The air pressure in a hurricane is a low pressure system
  • The type of precipitation in a hurricane is rain
  • Floods are caused during hurricanes
  • About the range of a hurricane's temperature is 50 degrees and above but it depends on the location of the hurricane.
  • A low pressure system is where the air pressure is low so there is usually a gloomy cloudy day with precipitation usually.

What have we done today to prepare for hurricanes?

  • We have hurricane tracking radars with modern technology
  • We have built higher buildings to avoid drowning
  • We know that to survive we should get to high ground
  • Buildings can resist heavier winds.
These houses are built higher by the coast of the body of water because thats where the hurricane would come fro

Cited Sources

Morgan, S. (2000). Hurricanes. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books.


Tropical Cyclones. (n.d.). Retrieved March 13, 2015, from

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