comparisons between hurricane sandy and hurricane katrina

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Hurricanes According to the “ The handy weather answer book” by Kevin Hile a hurricane is defined as a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Basin. Winds reach speeds of 74 miles per hour or more. Frequently, hurricanes occur during the months of summer. This allows energy to build from the warm surface of the ocean. Wind speeds, clouds, and the Coriolis effect all contribute to the formation of a hurricane (123). Hurricanes produce fierce winds. Nonetheless, it is the water that creates the most harm. “They can raise tides as high as 20 feet, and dump as much as 20 inches of rain inland,” (Douglas, 107). In fact, the development of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina caused a tremendous amount of destruction to the Untied States. Analyzing both of these hurricanes will allow a better understanding of the damage they caused. Comparing occurrence of the event, the intensity, and damage. Examining the differences will display how unique each hurricanes are and the danger they bring. Occurrence Hurricane Sandy took place in October 2012.  Hurricane Katrina occurred in August 2005. “The hurricane developed in the Atlantic Ocean, crossed the Gulf of Mexico, and struck New Orleans and many other cities along the southern coast,” (Hile, 136). On August 24, 2005, Katrina flourished in the hot tropical waters south of Nassau, Bahamas. It first made landfall in Florida, however; Katrina shifted in the southwest direction towards the Gulf of Mexico. Once in the Gulf of Mexico, it moved north to Mississippi and Louisiana. It made a second landfall by Buras, Louisiana, on August 29, and a third near the Louisiana-Mississippi border later that day. It traveled across Lake Pontchartrain, where eventually the winds and rain came to a h... ... middle of paper ... ...roccan palms which cost 7000 dollars a piece were planted (Fragile Earth, 76). Due to all the access water from the hurricane, most of the palms were uprooted and died. Another catastrophe was in Gulfport, Mississippi, where a three- story barge was washed up 28 to 30 feet inland. The damages to the port alone cost half a billion dollars (Fragile earth, 77). Works Cited Ahrens, C. Donald., and Perry James. Samson. Extreme Weather and Climate. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, 2010. Print. Douglas, Paul. Restless Skies: The Ultimate Weather Book. New York: Sterling Pub., 2005. Print. Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World. New York, NY: Collins, 2006. Print. Hile, Kevin. The Handy Weather Answer Book. Canton, MI: Visible Ink, 2009. Print. Nirupama, N. "Is It Possible to Rank Hurricanes in a Unique Manner?" Natural Hazards 67.2 (2013): 963-68. Print.
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