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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Hurricane s! Hurricane s! A storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean A storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean Hurricanes are intense low pressure areas that form over warm ocean waters in the summer and early fall. Their source of energy is water vapor which is evaporated from the ocean surfaceWater vapor is the "fuel" for the hurricanes because it releases the "latent heat of condensation" when it condenses to form clouds and rain, warming the surrounding air (This heat energy was absorbed by the water vapor when it was evaporated from the warm ocean surface, cooling the ocean in the process.) Usually, the heat released in this way in tropical thunderstorms is carried away by wind shear, which blows the top off the thunderstorms. But when there is little wind shear, this heat can build up, causing low pressure to form. The low pressure causes wind to begin to spiral inward toward the center of the low. These winds help to evaporate even more water vapor from the ocean, spiraling inward toward the center, feeding more showers and thunderstorms, and warming the upper atmosphere still more. The showers and thunderstorms where all of this energy is released are usually organized into bands (sometimes called "rainbands" or "feeder bands"), as well as into an "eyewall" encircling the center of the storm. The eyewall is where the strongest winds occur, which encircle the warmest air, in the eye of the hurricane. High Winds--This is the most important effect of a hurricane since it determines how powerful the storm is, and how much storm surge and damage it can cause. Winds in a hurricane can reach up to 200 mph. Hurricanes are the most awesome, violent storms on Earth. They form near the equator over warm ocean waters. Actually, the term hurricane is used only for the large storms that form over the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean. The generic, scientific term for these storms, wherever they occur, is tropical cyclone -Hurricanes occur over oceans near the equator Facts About Hurricanes: -Hurricane season officially runs from June through November -A hurricane is a huge storm! -Near the Phillippines and the China Sea, hurricanes are called typhoons. Cool Fact! 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane, also known as the 1899 Puerto Rico Hurricane, was the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane on record. The third tropical cyclone and first major hurricane of the season, this storm was first observed southwest of Cape Verde on August 3 How Are Humans Affected? Any time there is a disaster caused by a natural phenomenon like hurricanes, floods and fires, there is extensive damage to property. Peoples livelihoods are wiped away and may take many years to get things together again. In many cases, there are fatalities and entire communities are severely affected. People may be forced to stay home for so long and businesses suffer as a result. __ Aftermath Of Hurricane Snady In addition to that, the state (or governments) spend huge amounts of resources in preparation for these occurrences. Emergency work and rebuilding of infrastructure cost the city a lot of money. It is known that hurricane Sandy caused about 50 billion USD worth of damage to the people of the United States of America Sources; Wikipedia,, class notes,
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