Objective <ul><li>§113.34 – (c) (8)
(c) describe the impact of and analyze the reaction of the environment to abnormal and/or hazardous environmental conditions at different scales such as El Niño, floods, droughts, and hurricanes </li></ul>
Winds in excess of gale
force are indicated by the red and white arrows at the surface and top of the storm, respectively. The color shading at the earth's surface represents the precipitation rate, with red indicating higher intensities.
Katrina Aftermath The strength and
extent of Hurricane Katrina’s wind field resulted in a storm surge greater than historical maximums. The combination of a storm surge of up to 30 feet, wave action, and high winds resulted in destruction of buildings and roads in the affected areas. The storm caused major damage to the soon-to-open Hard Rock Casino and other gambling resorts on the Mississippi coast.
The failure of earthen levees
and floodwalls after the storm passed left portions of New Orleans under 20 feet of water. The total number of lives lost, number of injuries sustained, and value of property damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina are still being tabulated.
Mitch Deadliest hurricane to hit
Central America in 200 years. A category 5 storm at one point, Mitch stalled off the coast of Honduras, then slowly moved through Central America, causing massive flooding.
This hurricane was the deadliest
weather disaster in United States history. Storm tides of 8 to 15 ft inundated the whole of Galveston Island, as well as other portions of the nearby Texas coast. These tides were largely responsible for a 8,000 deaths attributed to the storm. Galveston Hurricane of 1900
The Galveston Hurricane of 1900
It made landfall on the city of Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900. It had estimated winds of 135 miles per hour at landfall, making it a Category 4 storm on the Saffir -Simpson Hurricane Scale .