Hurricane: A Destructive Path

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The Hurricane: A Destructive Path People are fascinated with bad weather, more specifically, hurricanes. More often than not, a hurricane will be mentioned on a news station on how destructive the storm was. Magazines and tabloids will interview the victims who lost their homes and loved ones. It is no secret that natural disasters will make headline news. It is highly crucial that people learn about the causes and effects of a hurricane so that scientists can find ways to quickly restore and protect the environment from destruction. People will hear about how destructive a hurricane can be, but they rarely ask themselves these questions: What exactly is a hurricane? How does one form and from where does a hurricane originate?
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A tropical storm can change the landscape to the coastal region by destroying areas like the barrier islands and estuaries. Hurricanes can cause erosion in beaches, marsh lands and coastal cliffs, which makes the land more susceptible to damage with future storms. Protecting the coastal regions is highly important because hurricanes threaten coastal residencies and diminish any income gained from tourists. Hurricane Katrina, for example, was responsible for over 108 billion dollars in property damages (“Extremely Powerful Hurricanes”). Unfortunately, the shorelines and the local communities are not the only things that are affected. Hurricanes can change the woodland structure further inland. Mangrove swamps and other forested wetlands typically take on the high winds that causes defoliation in vegetation and decimates the tree canopies (“Hurricanes: Science and Society”). In the article, “Hurricanes: Science and Society,” scientists state, “Storm surges can also transport salt water, sediment and other organic matter inland to…wetlands and other low lying terrestrial areas” (“Hurricanes: Science and Society”). In other words, the flooding can drown tree roots and cause the soil to lose fertility. Back in the early 1990s, Florida had experienced a destructive storm to the state’s coastal forests, many of which are highly important to housing rare and important wildlife. Hurricane Andrew’s winds and storm …show more content…
The heavy rain, winds and storm surges can cause severe damage to crops, fruit trees, and vegetation. The flooding and wind damage from hurricanes can cause the soil to lose its fertility levels in the future. Fruit trees in the tropics are considered to be very weak against the hurricane damage (“Hurricanes: Science and Society”). The crops and other plants are not the only things that are in danger. The livestock of farms is something else to consider. The farm animals have a high risk of getting swept away with the tide currents and drowning in the flood water. If the crops and livestock are lost in the storm, then the result will end in a food shortage issue, which could cause food prices to

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