Hurricane Andrew Essay
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Synoptic description of the disaster : On August 24th, 1992 in the state of Florida, complete destruction was the end result of Hurricane Andrew. A Hurricane that began in the Atlantic ocean at 20mph. That is almost twice the strength that normal hurricanes begin at. The peak strength of Hurricane Andrew was so strong that devices were not able to measure the winds. An approximation of the force of the winds was said to be up to 200mph. Andrew destroyed about 28,000 homes, damaged 100,000 homes and left 250,000 people homeless along with 30 billion dollars in damage and almost 30 deaths. Hurricane Andrew did not end its devastation in Florida, soon it went to Louisiana causing more damage. (Fig.1) The…show more content…
August 23rd Hurricane Andrew had winds of 150mph. Hours later, being a category 4 hurricane, Andrew's pressure fell and had winds of about 175mph. It was on August 24 when Hurricane Andrew arrived in South Florida. Andrew's fury began early that day at 4:30am. Andrew's power and magnitude was heard in every direction. Objects of every kind where airborne, roofs where flying, vehicles were being tossed around like toys. Boats were making their way from the water onto the streets. Total chaos would be the best description of what went on. By the time that the sun rose, the destruction was obvious. At 11am that same morning of the 24th Andrew was working its way across South Florida. The path of destruction that Andrew left was about 30 miles wide. Andrew wasn't finished yet, back into the Atlantic ocean Andrew regained some of the power that was lost in his South Florida visit and was now heading to Louisiana. Louisiana suffered the similar showdown that the South Floridians endured. Destructions were also brought about from tornadoes that came with Andrew's power. (Fig.4)
Social and economic impact of the disaster: In the aftermath of Andrew there seemed to have been a disappearance in social classes. Everyone was now in need. The rich were in line with the poor to accept donated food and supplies. It did not matter how much or how little money you had, everyone was treated the same. With 30 billion dollars in damage,
Essay about A Short Overview Of Hurricanes
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Hurricanes are powerful atmospheric vortices that are intermediate in size. Hurricanes are unique and powerful weather systems. The word “hurricane” comes from a Caribbean word meaning “big wind”. Views of hurricanes can be seen from a satellite positioned thousands of miles above the earth.
Hurricanes originate as tropical disturbances over warm oceans with trade winds. The tropical turbances intensify into tropical depressions, and eventually into a tropical storm. They only originate in the tropical trade winds because the ocean temperatures are quite warm there. Powered from the heat that the sea gives off, they are steered by the east trade winds and the temperate west ones, as well as by their own ferocious energy. Around their…show more content…
The eye of a hurricane is the low-pressure region in the center. The size of the eye depends on the strength of the surrounding winds. Stronger winds wrap themselves more tightly around the eye so that it becomes smaller. The average eye of a hurricane is about twenty miles wide with an oval shape although they can be round, too.
Even though the eye of a hurricane is calm and sunny, it can be dangerous. People are often fooled into thinking that the hurricane has passed. They come out of their homes or shelters and the fierce winds, wall of clouds, and downpour begins again. The other side of the storm arrives and it is as violent as it was before.
When a tropical disturbance appears in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico, the scientists at the National Hurricane Center are put on alert. Using weather satellites, they can find the exact location of the disturbance. Also, weather balloons equipped with measuring instruments are launched twice daily around the world to help detect spot changes in temperature and water vapor in the atmosphere.
When a disturbance grows and forms a tropical storm, meteorologists give it a name taken from a list of twenty-one common male and female names. They go down the list alphabetically, alternating with male and female names. A different list is used each year for six years at which point they are