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Hazards - What are hurricanes?

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Hazards HAZARDS are any type of natural disaster that terrorises; countries, cities, towns, villages and many other places .It is a disaster tat people would rarely have to deal with in the world. In this booklet you will you know all about hurricanes and their disasters. You will know; 1. What are hurricanes? 2. How do hurricanes form? 3. Hurricanes and their affects 4. The most disastrous hurricanes 5. Peoples ideas and thoughts on hurricanes Hurricanes Hurricanes are violent tropical storms with sustained winds of at least 74 mph. They form over warm ocean waters - usually starting as storms in the Caribbean or off the west coast of Africa. As they drift slowly westward, they are fuelled by the warm waters of the tropics. Warm, moist air moves toward the centre of the storm and spirals upward. This releases torrential rains. As updrafts suck up more water vapour, it triggers a cycle of strengthening that can be stopped only when contact is made with land or cooler water. ...read more.


history 9 Hurricane Frances 2004 The entire state of Florida Property damage 10 Hurricane Jeanne 2004 Florida Property damage As we talked about hazards and how hurricanes form. Now we want to see the affects of hurricanes and how they can be so disastourous in the world and especially in America AS ILLUSTRATED IN THE TABLE BELOW Katrina is comparable in intensity to Hurricane Camille of 1969, only larger," warned the National Hurricane Centre on Sunday, August 28, 2005. By this time, Hurricane Katrina was set to become one of the most powerful storms to strike the United States, with winds of 257 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour) and stronger gusts. The air pressure, another indicator of hurricane strength, at the centre of this Category 5 storm measured 902 milliards, the fourth lowest air pressure on record for an Atlantic storm. The lower the air pressure, the more powerful the storm. Two hours after the National Hurricane Centre issued their warning, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) captured this image from NASA's Terra satellite at 1:00 p.m. ...read more.


However, it is clear that a disproportionate number of the fatalities were people with disabilities. One statistic from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides some insight into the extent: "73 percent of Hurricane Katrina-related deaths in New Orleans area were among persons age 60 and over, although they comprised only 15 percent of the population in New Orleans."4Most of those individuals had medical conditions and functional or sensory disabilities that made them more vulnerable. Many more people with disabilities under the age of 60 died or were otherwise impacted by the hurricanes. Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding In the immediate aftermath of the storms, hurricane survivors received an immense outpouring of support from people across the country. Most disaster planning tends to focus on the immediate and visceral rescue and relief needs of disaster survivors, such as the provision of food, medicine, and shelter. After a disaster passes and media attention wanes, disaster survivors face the long-term challenge of disaster recovery. Many of the long-term disaster recovery issues of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, such as the devastation to employment and education, received little media coverage. Houses destroyed by hurricane Katrina ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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