The hurricane of 1938 was a devastating storm that took a lot of lives. Obviously sense it is a hurricane its weather conditions were treacherous. The impact of the hurricane affected most of New England in many ways. There were lots of other conditions as well that didn't help. The hurricane of 38 had deadly weather conditions.
Hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. Have you ever wondered how they form? Hurricanes form in the late summer and fall when the sun heats the ocean water to over 82 degrees fahrenheit. Most hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean start off the west coast of Africa as thunderstorms. Strong winds combine with the thunderstorms to create a tropical storm.
Hurricanes and Tornados are disastrous massive naturel disasters. They are both alike and different. Hurricanes has its unique traits and so does Tornados. Also Hurricanes and tornados cost the U.S billions every year over damage.
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and devastating hurricanes in history. The conditions (strong winds, pouring rain, and high waves) are a large part of what made the storm so powerful, but the element of surprise and the speed at which it traveled were what caused so many losses. The impacts of the 1938 hurricane will be remembered for a long time to come. The 1938 storm formed on September 13 northwest of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, reaching hurricane strength just three days later.
As the storm passed west of Cuba, its effects extended as far east as Havana, where winds reached 56 mph (90 km/h). Across the Florida Straits, Key West, Florida, recorded 36 mph (58 km/h) winds. The strongest sustained winds measured in association with the storm were 107 mph (172 km/h) in Mobile, Alabama, corresponding to a one-minute average of 87 mph (140 km/h) adjusted for modern recording techniques. Although not directly recorded, sustained winds of Category 3 intensity probably affected coastal Mississippi and Alabama, with Category 2 winds affecting Florida. Throughout the affected region, telephone and telegraph infrastructure was blown down, crippling communications.
Miami, Florida holds the nickname Hurricane City, because of the mass amount of hurricanes that have passed through this oceanic city. According to Climate Center, since 1871, Miami has had 71 hurricanes pass within a 60-mile radius of the heart of the city. Another fact stated by Climate Center is every 5 to 7 years, Miami has a hurricane pass within 50 miles of the city. As stated by Scientific America, hurricanes form both in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, however, only in the Atlantic Ocean do hurricanes reach shore.
Why was Hurricane Andrew so Frightening? Hurricane Andrew took from people, if it didn’t take their lives, it took their homes and jobs. Hurricane Andrew destroyed the stability that took some people their whole lives to achieve. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew took fully developed cities and left splinters in their places. This natural disaster was the cause of fear because its consequences included physical, social, and economic despair.
On the other hand, atlantic storms are very unpredictable; weather and rough waves can easily cause major destruction to ships and planes. “Weather (thunderstorms, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, high waves, currents, etc.) bad luck, pirates, explosive cargoes, incompetent navigators, and other natural and human causes are favorites among skeptical investigators” (Carroll). Nobody denies that a waterspout is a tornado except, it’s on the ocean. They can throw water from the ocean’s surface thousands of feet high. Hence, making it easy to destroy a passing plane or ship (Obringer).
Did you know that around 218 million people die each year from natural disasters? Some people don’t even know that some of the common natural disasters can possibly happen in their very own back yard. These disasters are way more powerful than they may seem; they can tear down houses, wipe out forests, and split the earth's crust in half. I bet you wish there was a way to stop the terrible disasters from killing all of these innocent people but, sadly, you can't. Scientist can predict when some of these disasters will happen, so you can prepare yourself and your home properly for impending disaster.
Category 5 hurricanes, the worst of the categories, these catastrophic storms are life and home damaging storms that can severely injure you or worse. Some of the worsts parts of the hurricane are, losing power due to storm surge causing floods, lightning or high wind speeds which all three play a part in category 5 hurricanes. Another result in the horrific storms are damaging of homes and living spaces. Also another problem to worry about is running out of lethal supplies. To begin, storm surge which is highly important and in some cases could be deadly.
Hurricane Harvey August 13th, a wave was formed off of the coast of Africa. Just days later, Hurricane Harvey destroys parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Homes were destroyed, power was out in hundreds of thousands of homes, and billions of dollars would have to be spent. Hurricane Harvey has been the second most destructive hurricane since 2000. The 17th of August Harvey was named, just east off the coast of Lesser Antilles Islands.
According to sources, ten-thousand people around the world die from hurricanes and tropical storms (www.windows2universe.org). Hurricane Rita is approaching Texas, and we need to take action. I think evacuating the city is our best option considering that when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, one-thousand eight-hundred thirty-three fatalities occurred. Even though staying home and waiting out the storm is easier, it’s not the safest option. Think of how much money we would lose from staying in the city.