Hurricanes are giants windstorms that turn in a circular motion.
How Does a Hurricane Form?
Hurricanes start as warm air rising from the equator. Cold air comes in to replace it which creates wind. The rotation of the earth makes the wind keep spinning. This wind is spinning above the ocean water making the water soon spin with it. Hurricanes occur in a high pressure system. Some characteristics of a high pressure system are sun and clear skies. The ocean water has to be above 80 degrees for it to spin with the wind. You will know there is a hurricane coming when you look up in the sky and there is a block of black storm clouds. There will also be so strong of winds that you almost won't be able to stand up.
This natural disaster happened in 2005 and caused a lot of damage. The main area that Hurricane Katrina hit was New Orleans. It caused $81 billion in property damage. It was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane to hit land in the United States. Injuries and illnesses from Hurricane Katrina totaled 7,508. Hurricane Katrina also caused 1,836 deaths.
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was a very powerful and destructive hurricane. It hit the southern part of New England. This hurricane caused an estimated $3.6 billion in damages. It resulted in 2,000 injuries and 564 deaths.
Many bad things happen in hurricanes like deaths and property damages. These things that happen are devastating, but we can prepare for these natural disasters too. There are emergency numbers that we can call. We have cell phones and radio and TV stations that we can check. Emergency plans and first aid kits are also some things that we have in case of hurricanes or other severe weather occurrences. Scientists have also invented many tools to help predict hurricanes. Satellites, ships, buoys, and radars are all things that scientists have invented to help predict hurricanes.