Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Flooding

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Weather can affect agriculture in many, many different ways. From tornadoes, to tsunamis, to floods, any type of weather can and will affect agriculture. When agriculture is affected by weather conditions, not only are the crops affected, but so are the people who grow and consume them. If you think about it, that is pretty much everyone. So no matter what severe weather condition it is, everyone is going to be affected by it in some way. Hurricanes, also known as tropical cyclones, are tropical storms that can last for two or more weeks. They range from a category one hurricane to a category five. During a category one hurricane there are winds from seventy-four to ninety-five miles per hour. A category five hurricane brings winds that are one hundred fifty-five miles per hour or higher. The damage from hurricanes can be from the flooding, storm surges, or even the winds. The damage ranges from uprooting trees to creating structural damage. Hurricanes can also knock down power lines causing a loss of power and phone services. Winds from a hurricane have the potential to throw cars around if they are strong enough Some warning signs of a hurricane are the waves will start to hit the shore every nine seconds, but as the hurricane gets closer, the waves start to hit the shore more often. The barometric pressure drops before a hurricane and the wind starts to increase. There will also be a lot of rain. In the year 1989 there was a hurricane named Hurricane Hugo, which was a category four hurricane. It started in the North Atlantic Ocean then went on to hit South Carolina as a category four hurricane. This hurricane caused eighty-two deaths and $17.4 billion in damages. Winds got up to one hundred thir... ... middle of paper ... ... agriculture can be affected by different weather conditions. It can be from sweeping away farm machinery, to drowning the plants and livestock. When agriculture is affected, not only are the farmers affected, but pretty much everyone is because everyone relies on agriculture to survive. Bibliography Notes http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00758/en/disaster/hurricane/damage.html http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00758/en/disaster/hurricane/damage.html http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/hurricanes/articles/hurricane-historical-hurricanes-hugo_2010-06-01 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tsunami/once-nf.html http://www.tulane.edu/~sanelson/Natural_Disasters/floodhaz.htm http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2070796_2070798_2070780,00.html http://www.uwex.edu/ces/ag/issues/effectsoffloodingonplants.html

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