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What Makes a Hurricane So Dangerous?

Updated on October 7, 2011

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is basically a highly intense, oceanic wind rotating at a speed of over 74 mph (119 km/ hr) and adversely impacts the tropical oceanic regions. When compared to a storm, hurricanes are shorter in terms of diameter (i.e. nearly 310 miles) and generate a spiral wind form in the counterclockwise direction. It is critical to note that the cyclonic circulation of wind loses its strength along with its height and gradually gets into the anti cyclonic mode.

What helps in the formation of hurricane?

A few elements and factors that are responsible for the creation of the most dangerous hurricanes are as follows-

The temperature of water in the ocean: When the ocean water rises over 80º Fahrenheit and pistons up the heat energy necessary for the hurricane to grow and attain the necessary strength to cause devastation. When the temperatures in the ocean are warmest in Northern Hemisphere they can cause potential hurricanes during the period of June to November. The September month is considered as the peak time for generating hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean.

Low wind cut off:This hurricane info will be very useful for the people who wish to record the transformation of the wind for the better estimation of upcoming hurricanes. It is critical to understand that a low wind always cuts off from top to bottom of the atmospheric line. If the surface wind of the ocean is light, then the high altitude winds become extremely strong. It contributes in reinforcing the developing hurricane.

Tropical storm spinning:The spinning of the earth reinforces the Coriolis force as well as strengthen the spinning of the storm.The Coriolis force near the equator is zero. It is the premier reason why no one can observe a hurricane within a diameter of 500 miles from a point on the equator.

The Damages Caused

The dangers of a hurricane has wide scale impact. They are undoubtedly, the winds that cause damage. Some of the devastating results caused by hurricanes include storm surges and twisters.The damage caused by a storm surge depends upon two critical factors.One is the grouping of the winds from the surface creating the hurricane.The second is the coastline’s physical geography where the hurricane actually hit.

There are basically two kinds of coastlines and the impact of the hurricane varies with respect to the type of the coastline. In the shallow water coastline the destruction will be more because the water is unable to flow away. On the other hand, a deep water coastline will reduce the force of a hurricane to some extent.

Damage from Hurricane Ike in Bolivar Peninsula, Texas
Damage from Hurricane Ike in Bolivar Peninsula, Texas | Source
Aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Puerto Rico
Aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Puerto Rico | Source
Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans | Source

Precautionary Measures

Properly go through the hurricane safety tips available. Flood and water safety regulations are disseminated for the welfare of the citizens on a regular basis. Always keep an eye on the current hurricane info available and try to act accordingly.

While going for home insurance, please read all the documents carefully. If you find the insurance coverage not adequate with respect to the existing threats, then it would be better not to go for that policy.Get the best home insurance plan available.

If you are residing in an area which is highly prone to hurricane attacks then the building material and the architecture plays a very decisive role. You don't want your home falling down on your heads.

Hurricane Preparedness Discussion
Hurricane Preparedness Discussion | Source


Getting the most authentic and reliable hurricane news and acting in accordance is the key to prevention.


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