Tropical Storms and Hurricanes: Deadly by Nature

A tropical storm or hurricane can cause serious injury and loss of human and animal life.

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A tropical storm is a tropical cyclone with wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Agencies such as the National Hurricane Center, in the United States, continuously track hurricanes and tropical storms when they develop over the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Once the average wind speed passes 74 mph, the weather disturbance is categorized as a hurricane. A tropical storm has a large low-pressure center and is accompanied by thunderstorms.

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The thunderstorms create heavy wind and rain, which usually cause roof wind damage, flooding, mud slides and other forms of water damage and wind damage.

Roof damage can be caused by flying debris, or solely by the aggressive action of the wind. In some cases, a roof may not be designed to withstand winds of the intensity associated with a hurricane. Roof damage results when roof fasteners loosen as a result of the vacuum created by the swift winds, releasing roofing materials which form dangerous missiles during a hurricane or tropical storm.

 



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Flood damage to motorcycles, cars, trucks, houses and land is inevitable during a hurricane. Public infrastructure-such as roads and schools may undergo flood damage, which can cost countries millions of dollars to repair. Insurance companies in the United States estimated the flood damage to property alone, at 25 billion dollars, after Hurricane Katrina.

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Flooding can wipe out crops and this can be detrimental to individual farmers and entire nations.  70,000 tons of oranges were lost in Veracruz, Mexico, after Hurricane Dean in 2007.

A tropical storm or hurricane can cause serious injury and loss of human and animal life.

Hurricane Ivan caused 44 deaths in 2004. The island of Grenada, where 39 people were killed, suffered the worst loss of life. The name Ivan is no longer used for hurricanes.

 

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Grand Cayman, which is known more for its scuba diving and horse back riding and Honduras, which is known for its ancient Mayan ruins and whitewater rafting, are currently under tropical storm watch, while a tropical disturbance lingers off the north-east coast of Grand Cayman and Honduras. Many persons involved in clean up efforts related to the recent catastrophic BP Plc oil spill are concerned about the possible tropical storm, which would wash more oil ashore.

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A tropical storm would have serious consequences for the residents of Grand Cayman, which has been severely affected by tropical storms and hurricanes, which have hit the mostly flat island in the past. Hurricane Ivan shifted entire buildings from one side of a street to the other. Persons in other countries, who had relatives in Grand Cayman, experienced panic alongside those who watched water produced by the hurricane rising up three stories in apartment buildings and office buildings in the Caymanian capital.

Tracking hurricanes and tropical storms is important. Tracking hurricanes gives persons information on where to go or when it is possible to go to a certain location. By tracking hurricanes, information is available to people who want to travel but are concerned about safety.

Tracking hurricanes provides information for support services such as church groups and the Red Cross, so they know in advance which areas may need emergency resources.

A hurricane tracking chart is useful in tracking hurricanes. People can easily access a hurricane tracking chart to get the latest weather info. Software that generates a hurricane tracking chart can be downloaded for free from some weather sites.

Tracking hurricanes via a hurricane tracking chart on your personal computer is another way to be prepared.

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63 Responses to “Tropical Storms and Hurricanes: Deadly by Nature”
  1. Francois Hagnere Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 4:45 am

    How terrible. Very well researched article my friend. Thank you Sharifa.


  2. drelayaraja Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Great share. Lovely pictures…


  3. lillyrose Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    well presented article! I am glad we do not suffer these here!


  4. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I have been close to bad storms but never in one, thank goodness. We did have tops of trees in our yard wound off in a tornado but it didn’t touch the ground.


  5. Authoress Terry E. Lyle Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Mother Nature isn’t joking when she shows up and shows out.


  6. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    It is terrible Francois. I’m watching to see how this current weather disturbance develops.


  7. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Glad you liked them Dre.


  8. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Lilly. It’s one of the side effects of the climate, I guess.


  9. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Tornados look scary Ruby.


  10. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    A lot of power is evident in those storms Terry. Some people are drawn to watching them.


  11. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On June 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Natural calamities are already devastating enough. Adding some man made disasters to the equation does not bode well for us. I just hope Kevin Cosner’s contraption doesn’t bomb like Waterworld.:)


  12. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 27, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Oh dear. Sharif, I hope it works well.
    They have tested it and said it’s quite rigorous.


  13. clickmarbin Says...

    On June 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    nice article


  14. LewSethics Says...

    On June 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hey Sharifa, glad to read you again (is that the way its put?)
    If a hurricane hits that oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico we will be lubricated all the way to canada.


  15. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 30, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Thank you CM.


  16. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 30, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Chuckle. I know, it’s been a while since I’ve written Lew.


  17. chariz Says...

    On July 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    we cannot stop natural disaster.we are not powerful like God.


  18. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

    We can’t stop them Chariz, so we need to take adequate precautions to lessen their effects.


  19. aman259 Says...

    On July 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Wonderful article written


  20. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 5, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Thanks Aman.


  21. bluray Says...

    On July 5, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Well planned article with nice pictures.
    Cyclones are really terrible.


  22. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On July 6, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Hurricane, storm and cyclone are a scary disaster that strike human’s life. Great post! :-)


  23. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for your comment Bluray.


  24. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Thank you C.L.Peng.


  25. write4money Says...

    On July 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I read your articles are well received little new information. Your best hope of further articles.


  26. Lorenzo A. Fernandez Jr. Says...

    On July 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks, we don’t have hurricanes here, only typhoons…


  27. CA Johnson Says...

    On July 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    This is very good. There have been storms in New Jersey, but there have never been tropical storms. I couldn’t imagine dealing with the things that are associated with storms.


  28. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Thanks Anjalina.


  29. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Hi Lorenzo.
    I’ve experienced a typhoon in Japan. It did a lot of damage in many places.


  30. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hi C.A. Thank you.


  31. gaby7 Says...

    On July 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

    We are always alive at the mercy of mother nature-a little trigger could see the entire planet in turmoil. A tropical storm is just one among the number. A great post I must say Sharifa!


  32. Francois Hagnere Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Hello Sharifa. Revisiting. It’s really a great article. Your photos are fabulous. Take care my friend.


  33. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Thanks Gaby7!


  34. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 23, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Hi Francois. Between your last visit and now there have been at least three major storms. The Phillipines has had a rough time.


  35. FaceOff Says...

    On July 31, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Good job


  36. Trinket Says...

    On July 31, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Very Informative article, thank you for sharing. It is sad to see so many people that suffer through terrible storms and hurricanes such as these.


  37. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 31, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Thank You GoodLuck.


  38. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 31, 2010 at 5:24 am

    It is Trinket. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  39. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On August 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Hurricanes are expensive besides being destructive. good article.


  40. Aileen Tecson Says...

    On August 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    well written. nice share! ;-)


  41. ShaFar Says...

    On August 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Exellent write! We have a lot of Hurricanes where I am from, Louisiana.


  42. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks Aileen :-)


  43. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Millions of dollars in damage Ruby.


  44. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Sorry to hear Shannon.


  45. Vaibhav Diwaker Says...

    On August 10, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Nice and informative article with matching photographs…………worth bookmarking…….


  46. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 10, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Thank you Mac T.


  47. buenavida Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Good and informative article. I think I prefer to live on a place without these kind of storms.


  48. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Buenavida,
    It would be good to be able to avoid natural disasters.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  49. 1hopefulman Says...

    On August 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Powerful forces of nature that need to be better understood.


  50. BlogExplore Says...

    On August 20, 2010 at 12:03 am

    great info!


  51. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    True 1hopefulman.


  52. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Thanks BlogExplore.


  53. zulfiqarali5 Says...

    On August 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    nice share thanks very informative and nice stuff u use for expressions !


  54. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you Zulfi.


  55. Abhipray Sahoo Says...

    On August 31, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Very good job here! I had written a story on Katrina and coincidently we both used the same pictures \m/


  56. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Great pictures aren’t they ;-)


  57. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Alexander you will see more of my thoughts on your Katrina experience on your article.


  58. Raj the Tora Says...

    On September 7, 2010 at 10:03 am

    informative article. very insightful – eye of the hurricane :)


  59. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On September 8, 2010 at 5:40 am

    :-)


  60. Melody SJAL Says...

    On September 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Very nicely presented…informative and entertaining.


  61. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On September 10, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Appreciate the compliment Melody.


  62. K Kristie Says...

    On September 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

    The Philippines is one of the countries which can be badly hit by storms but thankfully we live in the mountains which protects us from the devastating effects of these natural disasters.


  63. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On August 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    That’s good planning.


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