Image created by: Gisel R. & Aaron A. (USA) using cooltext.com


Source: http://www.hurricanekatrina.com/ {{PD}}


What is a Hurricane?

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms that form in the ocean. Hurricanes gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters. Evaporation from the seawater increases their power.

Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye." Hurricanes have winds at least 74 miles per hour. When they come onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves are called a storm surge. Storm surges are very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane.



Category Description

Level Of Damage


Wind Speed: 74 - 95 MPH
Storm Surge: 4 - 5 Feet Above Normal

Primary damaged to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage. Little damage to building structures.


Wind Speed: 96 - 110 MPH
Storm Surge: 6 - 8 Feet Above Normal

Considerable damage to mobile homes, piers, and vegetation. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2 - 4 hours before arrival of hurricane center. Buildings sustain roofing material, door, and window damage. Small craft in unprotected moorings break moorings.


Wind Speed: 111 - 130 MPH
Storm Surge: 9 - 12 Feet Above Normal

Mobile homes destroyed. Some structural damage to small homes and utility buildings. Flooding near coast destroys smaller structures; larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 feet. ASL may be flooded up to 6 miles inland.


Wind Speed: 131 - 155 MPH
Storm Surge: 13 - 18 Feet Above Normal

Extensive curtain wall failures with some complete roof structure faiture on small residences. Major erosion of beaches. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain continuously lower than 10 feet. ASL may flood (and require mass evacuations) up to 6 miles inland.


Wind Speed: Over 155 MPH
Storm Surge: Over 18 Feet Above Normal

Complete road failure on many homes and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 feet ASL and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of low ground residential areas may be required.

Source: FEMA.gov {{PD}}


How Hurricanes Effect Communities ...

Hurricane Katrina: This August 2005 storm was the most destructive and costly natural disaster in U.S. history. It produced damage estimated at $75 billion in the New Orleans area and along the Mississippi coast. Katrina was responsible for approximately 1,200 reported deaths, including about 1,000 in Louisiana, 200 in Mississippi, and seven in southern Florida.


It's Hurrican Season
A Disaster Twins' Story

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What Can You Do ...

During a Hurricane you should stay inside and avoid being by glass windows. Families should prepare a Disaster Supply Kit for their home with water, food, clothing, first aid supplies, batteries, and flashlights. The kit wil come in handy especially if you loose power or water.


Source: http://www.companysj.com/v244/hurricane.html {{PD}}


Caught in a hurricane by students of Elgin Ave. (CAN)


Page created by: Gisel R., Aaron A., and Reynaldo C. (USA)

Information sources: http://www.fema.gov/kids/hurr.htm


Before and After a hurricane by Maggie @ Elgin Ave.