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Hurricanes - The Florida Monsters - Part One

Updated on June 14, 2017


Monsters are real. Don't ever allow anybody to pull the wool over your eyes and try to fool you into believing they are not. One of their favorite hangouts is that peninsula-shaped state that starts with the sixth letter of the alphabet. This locale also possesses the Gulf of Mexico on its western side and the Atlantic Ocean on its east.


Frequently arising from this same said Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Ocean that lies south of Florida, these beasts contain moist, warm air-filled clouds. Enlarging these terrors is air that enters into cooler altitudes and returns as water vapor. The ferocious rumblings of these villains only begins to display at this point.


Ocean surface energy provides a banquet for these fiends, and they head for land with wind torrents that could exceed 156 miles per hour. The potential hazards of these extraordinary winds may result in victimizing numerous homes. Isulating areas, fallen trees, and power outages that may last for weeks are other side effects of this devastation. That does not include the fact stricken regions will be uninhabitable.


Coastal tidal flooding, severe rainstorms, and tornadoes are the off-springs of these creatures that are some of the most powerful monstrosities ever recorded.


Let's go back to 1969 for a moment. Her name was Camille. She was one of the largest monsters to ever invade the United States. Her lair began in the mouth of the Mississippi River. Everything that stood in her way was flattened. More than nine billion dollars in damages, and 259 dead people, were left in her wake. Camille crossed the Appalachian Mountains, where she finally fizzled out.


An epicenter for these colossal beings, Florida is called the "Sunshine State". However, a much more appropriate nomenclature would be the "Lightning Capitol," or perhaps even the "Coastal Riptides Capitol". Florida is also where residents have already been forewarned that at least one monster is poised to attack the state during the Summer of 2017, although others could as well.


Defenses against these monsters can be found at the National Hurricane Center, and simulators located at the University of Miami and Florida International University. FIU, and the University of Florida, are both National Science Foundation-designated national testing facilities for wind engineering, one of the fiercest weapons hurricanes can hurl at objects in their paths: two-legged, four-legged, or inanimate though they may be.


Based on the amount of destruction they are capable of causing, the Saffir-Sampson Scale categorizes hurricanes into five positions. Let's compare what these are.


Category One hurricanes sustain their wind speeds between 74 and 95 miles per hour. Some damage will be produced by these dangerous winds. This may include small trees that topple over, tree branches broken off, exteriors of homes damaged, and heavy damage to electrical power lines.


Category Two hurricanes sustain their wind speeds between 96 and 110 miles per hour. This in turn causes extensive harm to the exteriors of homes. It also uproots small trees and produces long periods of power outages.


Category Three hurricanes sustain their wind speeds between 111 and 129 miles per hour. This causes devastating damage, the uprooting of many trees, several road blocks, and the exteriors of homes to be extensively impaired. Additionally, the availability of electricity and water will be extremely hampered.


Category Four hurricanes sustain their wind speeds between 130 to 156 miles per hour. Catastrophic damages occur. Roofs of structures, and exterior walls of buildings may be lost. Most trees in the swath of one of these monsters will be uprooted. Power lines will be torn down, and power outages can last from a few weeks to several months.


We have already examined a Category Five hurricane. (See paragraphs three and four above.)


Because of strong wind sheer, variations in wind speeds, and directions in the atmosphere, El Ninos are a force of nature that can affect hurricanes. El Ninos can shred these monsters apart.


Another natural occurrence that may affect hurricanes are the positive and negative phases of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation climate cycles that affect the temperatures of sea surfaces.


In Part Two of this article, we will examine what scientists are presently involved with in this ongoing battle against the Florida Monsters.


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