WHAT IS A HURRICANE? Hurricane is the name given to tropical cyclones in some parts of the world. It is a violent tropical storm with winds spiraling around a nucleus, called the eye.
AFFECTED AREAS:CENTRAL AMERICA:HondurasNicaraguaEl Salvador and GuatemalaThe Yucatán PeninsulaSouth Florida
WHAT HAPPENED?• It began as a tropical wave from Africa and moved across the ocean to the Caribbean Sea.• Mitch began to organize in the north of Colombia.• It became a tropical depression, it moved slowly to the west until it became a tropical storm.• It began to intensify quickly and became a category 5 hurricane.
• It moved along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. When it landed, the hurricane began to fall and became a tropical depression over Guatemala.• Mitch was reorganized in Bay of Campeche. It first passed over Yucatan and then through the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.• Mitch landed in Florida for the last time, became extra tropical storm, and accelerated in the North Atlantic.
EFFECTS OF THE HURRICANEThe consequences of t he hur r i canew e accent uat ed by t he i nt ense erdef or est at i on of sl opes of t hemount ai ns and m essy and pr ecar i ousoccupat i on of t he popul at i on. Theseci r cum ances r esul t ed i n a l ar ge stnum ber of di spl acem s t hat bur i ed entmany houses and i nf r ast r uct ur es.
DEAD AND MISSING PEOPLEo Mitch is responsible for over nine thousand deaths predominantly from rain-induced flooding in parts of Central America.o The death toll also included 31 fatalities caused by the sinking of the cruiser Fantome.o Another 9191 persons were listed as missing.o In the wake of Hurricane Mitch, there were outbreaks of diseases in Central America, including cholera, leptospirosis and dengue.
OTHER HURRICANES• Hurricane Katrina was one of the most deadly tropical cyclones, destructive and costly to has impacted America in decades.• Hurricane Wilma was the twenty-first tropical storm and twelfth hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season in 2005.
DID YOU KNOW THAT?In the Atlantic coast high coconuttrees have begun todisappear. Hurricane Mitch broughtLY, that kills this species of palms.
WHAT CAN I DO?• Check you the stability of your building or home.• Secure the roof of your house to the structure.• Check your home installations, electricity, water, gas,health, etc..• Be located where is the police, the hospital or healthcenter nearest you, and their phone numbers.• toxic or flammable products should be placed in areaswhere it is impossible to have any leaks or cause a fire.• If you have trees near your home, make sure they arepruned or cause danger.• Clean the external pipe and make sure they are secure.• Plan an evacuation route that all the family knows.• Keep a "kit" for these emergency cases.