HURRICANES JAMEY SHULER AUGUST 21, 2001POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
BEING INFORMED ABOUT HURRICANES• WHAT IS A HURRICANE?• HURRICANES AND FLORIDA• HISTORY OF HURRICANES IN FLORIDA• HURRICANE TRACKING JET• WHAT HURRICANES BRING• CAUTION
WHAT IS A HURRICANE?• A hurricane is defined as a tropical storm with sustained winds equaling or exceeding seventy-four miles per hour (approximately64.3 knots).
HURRICANES AND FLORIDA• Southwest Florida has been identified by the National Weather Service as one of the most hurricane-vulnerable areas of the United States. The potential for large-scale loss of life and property during a hurricane is great. The analysis of hurricane probability is based upon historical occurrences in Southwest Florida, as showed in data available from the National Climatic Center.
FLORIDA’S HURRICANE HISTORY • From 1873 to 1993, Southwest Florida experienced forty-nine tropical cyclones of hurricane intensity. Eight of these typical cyclones prior to 1885 were thought to be tropical storms or hurricanes. Therefore, some of these early storms could have been below hurricane intensity.
HURRICANE TRACKING JET • A jet called the Gulfstream-IV flies around tropical cyclones to enable a better picture of the upper atmosphere of the storm and better predict landfall time and intensity.
WHAT HURRICANES BRING! oWind and Rain oTornadoes oLightning
WIND AND RAIN • Hurricanes bring 75+ MPH winds with heavy rains and flooding.
TORNADOES • With hurricanes comes the strong possibility of tornadoes so pay close attention to those clouds during a hurricane!!
LIGHTNING • During a hurricane or any other storm you can almost bet there is going be lightning. Sometimes what is known as reverse lightning like seen here can occur.
CAUTION!!• Remember that during any storm you should stay indoors and not be on the roads unless evacuation is necessary.• Be sure to have plenty of food and drink available incase you can’t get to a store.