Hurricane Irene affected the Caribbean and much of the United States' east coast and was one of the most damaging tropical cyclones of the 2011 Atlantic tropical cyclone season. Irene originated east of the Lesser Antilles from a well defined Atlantic tropical wave in that area, and became Tropical Storm Irene on August 20, 2011. Irene reached its highest point as a 120 mph Category 3 hurricane. Irene was ranked the seventh costliest hurricane with damages that cost around $15.6 billion in the United States. Irene produced record breaking rainfall across the mid Atlantic and northeastern United States.
Defining a Hurricane A hurricane is a tropical storm that has winds of 74 miles per hour or more. The winds can sometimes reach up to 155 miles per hour. Another characteristic of hurricanes is their massive size that measures from 200 to 300 miles in diameter. In the center of each storm there is what is called the eye of the storm (Image to Right). The eye of the storm is usaually between 20-30 miles and is the calmest part of the storm.
The deadliest hurricane in history is Great Galveston. This hurricane traveled from South America up into Florida in 1900 and was a category 4 storm, killing over 8,000 people and containing wind speeds of 120 m... ... middle of paper ... ...until they found a new home to live in. New Jersey beaches had received lots of damage, but with a lot of hard work most of the beaches were reopened by May, but some needed more attention and were opened by the upcoming summer. V. Conclusion In conclusion hurricanes are a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic (www.dictionary.com). Hurricanes are caused by water first evaporating into the atmosphere.
Although other hurricanes, such as Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Wilma, exceeded Katrina, this dominant storm was classified as the fourth most intense hurricane based its pressure capacity. Once Hurricane Katrina hit land, it was pronounced as a category four storm moving slowly. While people thought that the slow speed of this storm prevented trauma, records show that Katrina did more damage than any fast-moving storm could have ever achieved (Solanki, 2013). Katrina produced abundant debris. The debris was in such large quantity that if it was stacked together on a football field, the rubble would reach the elevation of ten and a half miles.
Hurricanes get their start over the warm tropical waters of the North Atlantic Ocean near the equator. Most hurricanes appear in late summer or early fall, when sea temperatures are at their highest. The warm waters heats the air above it, and the updrafts of warm, moist air begin to rise. Day after day the fluffy cumuli form atop the updrafts. But the cloud tops rarely rise higher than about 6,000 feet.
Also I will inform about the major hurricanes that happened in the United States. A hurricane or a tropical cyclone is an intense, rotating oceanic weather system that possesses maximum sustained winds exceeding 119 km/hr (74 mph). It forms and intensifies over tropical oceanic regions. Hurricanes are generally smaller than storms in mid-latitudes, typically about 500 km (311 miles) in diameter. At the ocean’s surface, the air spirals inward in a counterclockwise direction.
Also trees and shrubbery will have damage with some trees blown down. Damage to signs, mobile homes and poorly constructed piers would also have considerable amount of damage. Coastal and low lying escape routes may flood 2 to 4 hours before the arrival of the hurricane’s center. Hurricane Sandy then hit Haiti, killing 51 people. (Fast Facts) In October 26, hurricane Sandy went down to category 1 with winds of 80 mph.
The word “hurricane” comes from the Caribbean god of storms, Hurican (Oxlade, 2006). A hurricane consists of: eye, eyewall, rail free area, spiral rain brand. The eyes is the most deadly part of the storm because there we will find the heaviest precipitation and strongest winds that reach around 121 miles per hour (Ahrens, 2013). Hurricanes have killed more people worldwide in the last fifty years than any other natural cataclysm (Emanuel, 2005). Not all storms turn into hurricanes and not all hurricanes hit land.
Hurricanes Hurricanes summer is over and fall has arrived but many people to the south of us are observing another season hurricane season. According to the Montshire Museum of Science, hurricanes usually occur in the North Atlantic from June to November, with most of them in September. On average, between six to eight hurricanes form in the North Atlantic or North Pacific each year (Montshire), however, as many as 15 have occurred in the Atlantic in a single year. Hurricanes are powerful, whirling storms that measure several hundred miles in diameter. The winds near the center of a hurricane blow at speeds of 74 miles per hour or more (World Book, 400).
The SEEALL Academy Joel Rakhamimov Class 601 May 30, 2014 A hurricane is a tropical storm exceeding 74 mph in wind speeds. It is a low-pressure system which forms when there is a warm & moist environment over the ocean. Hurricanes are named to easily identify them. The first hurricane of the year starts with the letter 'A', the second 'B', and continuing. Hurricanes are only classified as hurricanes when they have wind speeds of 74 mph or more.