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The Eye Of The Storm

Updated on March 8, 2012


It's that time of year again. The season to keep your eye's on the Tropics and to board up your windows and pray that the hurricane doesn't hit land. Whatever category the hurricane is don't take it lightly because it's bound to cause damage, no matter in the water or on the land.

What Is A Hurricane

A Hurricane is a wave that usually comes off of the South African Coast. The wave starts off as a tropical disturbance and sometimes grows into a tropical depression. A tropical depression is an area of rotating thunderstorms that have winds of thirty eight miles or less. As this storm moves across the warm waters the storm intensifies and becomes a hurricane with winds reaching seventy five miles or more per hour. There are five categories that a hurricane can be classified as, these classifications go by the intesity of the wind.

category 5 hurricane. Hurricane Felix 1995

Categories Of A Hurricane

Category 1- A category one hurricane is a range of wind speeds from 74-95 miles per hour. This category one Hurricane can uproot and snap tree's. This hurricane can cause roof damage to your home by lifting shingles that are not intact properly. This category normally doesn't cause no major structural damage to buildings.

Category 2- A category two hurricane range of wind speed is from 96-110 miles per hour. This Hurricane can cause damage to your home,boats,road signs,etc. This category two can also cause some major power outages.

Category 3- A category three has wind speeds from 111-130 miles per hour. This hurricane classification is considered a major hurricane. This hurricane will more than likely cause some major structural damage, it will snap utility poles in half and can even remove roofs off of homes and buildings.

Category 4- A category four has wind speeds from 131-155 miles per hour. A hurricane that is a category four you might want to definetly consider evacuating to keep you and your family safe. This hurricane levels mobile and manufactured homes, it will also remove a car port and canopies off of gas stations or other buildings.

Category 5- A category five hurricane has wind speeds from 156 or more miles per hour. This category is the highest and is also considered to be a cyclone. This hurricane can and will wipe out everything in it's path.

The Eye Of The Storm

Everyone is probably wondering what the eye of the storm is and what does it mean. The eye of a storm is the location of the storms minimum barometric pressure, it's where the atmospheric pressure at sea level is the lowest. The eye of a storm is the circular area in the middle that looks clear but it is surrounded by the eye wall, the eye wall is where the most severe weather is. So if a hurricane has a well defined eye then that means it's a well organized storm and there's nothing interrupting it from developing and intensifying.

Staying Safe

If a hurricane is coming take all measures to be safe. Depending on the category of the hurricane prepare in advance by boarding up windows, stocking up on water, food, flash lights batteries, etc. If there saying to evacuate then do so even though you don't want to leave your home. There's nothing more difficult then someone not listening to evacuate and then later having to go and save them. Make sure your pets are brought inside because they have feelings to. If your riding out the storm stay inside and stay away from windows. Stay out of the oceans do to tides and undertow. The most important thing to do during a hurricane is use common sense to stay safe.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Well-written hub for informed people. A must-read.

      Hello, GlstngRosePetals,

      In all honesty, this was a GREAT read! Amazing presentation. Marvelous lay-out. Informative and very helpful. I was glad to Vote Up and all but Funny and Awesome. I love your writing style and I am now honored to FOLLOW you. I appreciate your work so much.

      Please keep these great hubs coming, and I Invite YOU to check out my hubs, that is if you need a good laugh.

      And I would love for you to be My follower. That would make my day. With My Highest Regards,

      Kenneth Avery,

      from Hamilton, a small (but proud) town in northwest Alabama that Norman Rockwell would have been happy to put on a magazine cover. Much Peace and Success to you!

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      Rhonda Musch 

      6 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      I live in Florida and there is usually a big hurrican here, every 3 to 4 years. Yes they are scary and if you go outside, your hair will stand up on your arms. No joke. The waves are awesome and really high, but if you don't get out of the way, you can kiss your --- good bye.

      Voted up.

      Sweet wishes Rhonda

    • GlstngRosePetals profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      whiteorchids: Thanks

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      7 years ago from Tropical Paradise

      Impressive hub! What valuable information for those who are dealing with hurricanes. I would not wish to be in the eye of the storm. Great read and I voted it up! ;0

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      Joanna McKenna 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      People wonder why I prefer living in Tornado Alley to coastal areas subject to hurricanes. Easy. Tornadoes are here and gone in a matter of minutes, and unless you're directly in its path (which is rarely more than a mile wide), no problem. If you are in its path, the standard 20-minute warning is enough time to grab anything you'll need later for ID or can't be replaced (your purse, passport, pets, family photos, laptop, prescriptions and a change of clothes) and get to a tornado shelter till it passes.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      We just got over the big scare from Irene, a huge storm. Hurricanes are dangerous, but those pictures are awesome - a terrible yet beautiful force of nature.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Really enjoyed reading such interesting information on hurricanes, I'm so glad we don't get them in the UK!

      Voting up, thanks for sharing.

    • GlstngRosePetals profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      Husky1970: I think it's good about the coverage only because of what happened with hurricane Katrina. I have family in N.Y and there preparing for Irene. I hope you and your family stay safe during the storm.

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      7 years ago

      GlstngRosePetals, you have certainly provided some very thorough information on hurricanes. And, I might add, in a very timely fashion as Hurricane Irene is about to affect millions and millions of people. I have a cousin in New Bern, NC, who is now coping with it. NYC is bracing for it as well. Here on Martha's Vineyard, the President and his family are cutting their vacation short by one day and there is a mass exodus from the island that started two days ago. What do you think of the extensive media coverage? I remember Hurricane Bob and th devestation it caused here on MV. Irene looks like it might just be a tropical storm by the time it arrives here, with winds of 50-60 mph. The same happened with Earl last year. I just hope people don't fall into the trap of thinking that all the coverage is just hype. Better safe than sorry! Besides Bob, I too remember Gloria and, dare I say Carol in 1954. Obviously, I was very young but the memories still exist.

      Voted your hub up, useful, and interesting.

    • GlstngRosePetals profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      QudsiaP2- Hurricanes are scary. I'm originally from the east coast and when I was younger I can remember hurricane Gloria hitting New York and I was pretty scared. I'm just glad I've never been in a category 5. Thankyou for your comment.

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      7 years ago

      Hurricanes scare the hell out of me; i do not know how people live with them. Good hub.


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