Hurricanes And Tornadoes Essay

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Hurricanes and tornadoes have very noticeable differences, but there are also some similar features when it comes to them both. Some of the characteristics are precipitation, the emotional and physical hardships that ensue when these weather phenomenon happen, and the financial hardship the nation go through because of hurricanes and tornadoes. There are different details that you don 't get from the weather station and the news. Also, showing the devastation that both cause, and how they are both categorized .The facts are what I and people who have lived through the two should know, and some that people should be aware of. Hurricanes and tornadoes are formed slightly different, but the categories they are both put into and the precipitation …show more content…
They both on a scale from 1 to 5, 1 being the least destructive and 5 being the most destructive and the most dangerous. For tornadoes it is a “Fujita Scale,(Illustration 2)” and hurricanes, it is “The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.(Illustration 1)” Below are two tables that show the differences between the two scales and the different categories. They show the damage they cause and the wind speeds that they have when they hit a certain point on the scales. The two scales are almost very similar to each other and they both seem to cause the same type of damage the higher up they go, the wind speeds are a little different but they look to cause the same …show more content…
They both cause major destruction and chaos, and we are never ready for the amount or the kind it causes. When it comes to the destruction of hurricanes, you can look back in the history of hurricanes and there were 8 major contributors to a vast majority of destruction; the 8 major hurricanes that destroyed everything in their paths are as follows; Hurricane Camille (1969), it took the lives of 259 lives and caused 1.42 billion dollars in damage, with wind speeds of 190 MPH. Hurricane Allen (1980), its winds matching the speeds of Camille, causing many cyclones to form causing 300 million dollars in damage and 249 casualties. Hurricane Gilbert (1988), measuring the largest storm by diameter it had wind speeds of 185 MPH, it took the lives of 340 people and caused a whopping 5 billion dollars in damage. Hurricane Hugo (1989), took 49 lives and left 100,000 people homeless and it caused 7 billion dollars in damage, its highest wind speeds were measured at 160 MPH. Hurricane Andrew (2002) caused so much destruction in Southern Florida, its maximum wind speeds measured at 175 MPH; The death toll was about 65 people and it left 150,000 to 250,000 people homeless and cause 26 billion dollars in damage. Hurricane Ivan (2004), another large hurricane in diameter, spawning hundreds of tornadoes in Texas and caused major damage to Louisiana and islands on the Gulf of Mexico,

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