Hurricanes “ Now when neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given up.” Acts 27:20 (Read all of Acts 27 for a story of a storm at sea.)
A hurricane, also known as a tropical cyclone, is a huge violent tropical storm that usually forms near the coast of Africa in the tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes they form in warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
It can be up to 600 miles across and have strong
winds spiraling (rotating) at speeds of 75 to 200 mph.
Each hurricane usually lasts for over a week,
moving 10-20 miles per hour over the open ocean.
Hurricanes are called TYPHOONS on the other side of the world. FUN FACT:
A wall of hurricanes winds rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye." The center of the storm or "eye" is the calmest part. It has only light winds and fair weather. It looks like the center hole in a doughnut.
When they come onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and large waves can damage buildings, trees and cars.
Storm surges are frequently the most devastating element of a hurricane.
As a hurricane’s winds spiral around and around the storm, they push water into a mound at the storm’s center. This mound of water becomes dangerous when the storm reaches land because it causes flooding along the coast.
The water piles up, unable to escape anywhere but on land as the storm carries it landward. A hurricane will cause more storm surge in areas where the ocean floor slopes gradually. This causes major flooding.
Wind, waves, and sea-level rise all contribute to storm-surge damage.
Hurricanes weaken when they touch land because they no longer have the warm ocean waters to make them stronger.
Even after a hurricane passes over land, winds may have already done their damage, but the storm surge will continue to flood and destroy property, including people’s homes.
When a hurricane is predicted to make landfall, we need to pray for all the people who will be affected. God is in control over all storms—even hurricanes!
Matthew 8:26 shows us that God controls the winds and the seas: “ He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”
Naming Hurricanes The World Meteorological Organization names hurricanes, rotating between men and women’s names. There's 6 different name lists that alternate each year. If a hurricane does significant damage, its name is retired and replaced with another. No hurricane names begin with the letters q,u,x,y or z. FUN FACT: Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William Arlene Bret Cindy Dennis Emily Franklin Gert Harvey Irene Jose Katrina Lee Maria Nate Ophelia Philippe Rita Stan Tammy Vince Wilma Alex Bonnie Charley Danielle Earl Frances Gaston Hermine Ivan Jeanne Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tomas Virginie Walter Ana Bill Claudette Danny Erika Fabian Grace Henri Isabel Juan Kate Larry Mindy Nicholas Odette Peter Rose Sam Teresa Victor Wanda Arthur Bertha Cristobal Dolly Edouard Fay Gustav Hanna Isidore Josephine Kyle Lili Marco Nana Omar Paloma Rene Sally Teddy Vicky Wilfred Andrea Barry Chantal Dean Erin Felix Gabrielle Humberto Ingrid Jerry Karen Lorenzo Melissa Noel Olga Pablo Rebekah Sebastien Tanya Van Wendy 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Watch a hurricane Satellite images and video are from Hurricane Wilma, a category 5 storm that devastated southern Florida in 2005.