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  • 1. Hurricanes
    • What is a hurricane?
  • 2.
    • Hurricanes are very large, swirling storms with very low pressure at their center.
    • Hurricanes can be up to 600 miles wide and have winds of 75 to 200 mph.
    • Evaporation from warm sea water increases their power.
    • What is evaporation?
  • 3. The Eye
    • Hurricanes rotate counterclockwise around an eye.
    • The eye has only light winds and fair weather.
  • 4.
    • When hurricanes come onto land they cause a lot of damage to buildings, trees, and cars.
  • 5. Storm Surge
  • 6.
    • Storm surges cause a lot of destruction especially where there is a shallow-water coastline. STORM SURGE VIDEO
  • 7.  
  • 8. Hurricane Season
    • The Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, but most hurricanes occur during the fall months. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season is from May 15 to November 30.
  • 9. Naming Hurricanes
    • The World Meteorological Organization uses different sets of names depending on the part of the world the storm is in.
    • Around the U.S., only women's names were used until 1979. Then it was decided that they should alternate a list that included men's names too.
    • There's 6 different name lists that alternate each year. If a hurricane does significant damage, its name is retired and replaced with another.
  • 10. In 2009 the names will be…
    • Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fred Grace Henri Ida Joaquin Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda
  • 11. Hurricane Paths for 2005
  • 12. Categorizing Hurricanes-VIDEO Category 1 74-95 mph winds Least amount of damage Category 2 96-110 mph winds Will rip shingles off of roofs Category 3 111-130 mph winds Blows down trees, destroys mobile homes Category 4 131-155 mph winds Extensive damage, high chance of flooding Category 5 156+ mph winds Small buildings are overturned or blown away