This was the most shocking fact that Sandy produced, usually when a storm makes it up to the Northern mid-Atlantic latitude, it is always way out to sea, but Sandy did otherwise. This factor was ultimately the one which caused all the damage and devastation for the habitants of N.Y if it wasn’t for the high pressure, the hurricane would have carried North rather than the quick turn forcing Sandy onto landfall. The geography of N.Y also made it more susceptible to storm surges. The long and narrow shape of the Long Island Sound helped to channel the waves in the 12 foot storm surge, making it even bigger. Additionally, areas such as Battery Park were built from landfill and therefore are low-lying areas and also flat.
Hurricanes Hurricanes can be one of the most deadly natural disasters in the world today. One of the most deadly hurricanes ever was Hurricane Hazel. This Hurricane struck in 1954 killing over one thousand people in Haiti, then it took landfall in the United States, South Carolina being its first stop. Through this essay, I shall explain the structure and the movements of Hurricane Hazel and explain how this hurricane was such a deadly force. Even though Hurricane Hazel had devastating winds, it was not known for that, it was known for its speed.
(i) Description of Disasters: Hurricane Katrina is said to have been the most costly and deadliest hurricanes in U.S history, resulting in $81.2 billion dollars in damage and 1836 casualties6. The hurricane made landfall in New Orleans in the early morning of August 29th, 2005 as a Category 3 or 4 storm. The heavy rains that were produced as the hurricane moved inland, along with the poorly designed levees, caused all 56 levees in New Orleans to fail, resulting in freshwater flooding of 80% of the city15. Hurricane Katrina devastated an area over 160 km from the storm’s eye, which included parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and most importantly, Louisiana6. It originally formed off the Bahamas, on August 23rd, as a Tropical Depression and strengthened to a Category 1 storm once it made landfall in Florida on August 25th.
Ryan Rosier Mrs. Ball English 9 February 27, 2014 Hurricane Katrina As Hurricane Katrina struck land in New Orleans people who didn’t leave the city were staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. Only Katrina’s gun was loaded with 140 mph gale force winds and crushing flood waters. The effects of the hurricane’s wrath were devastating enough to cause 75 billion dollars in damage. (Hurricane Katrina) Raging through while demolishing buildings, leveling entire suburbs, and taking thousands of lives was what this storm was hell bent on accomplishing. For those who didn’t leave the city, whether they couldn’t afford the costs, seeked the thrill of the storm, or just simply didn’t wanna leave on the opened interstates, (Beller) the storm
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, looting, violence and other criminal activity became serious problems. The rescue efforts, had most of the attention of the police, causing the security to weaken (Hurricane Katrina, 2010). There was a concern that the constant flooding would lead to health problems. In addition to dehydration and food poisoning, there was also potential of the spread of various infections and disease. All related to the growing contamination of food and drinking water supplies in the city in combination with the city’s heat and humidity
Which category a hurricane is put under is decided by storm’s wind speed. The higher the category the more deadly the storm becomes. Large storms at sea cause huge waves that can roll over tanker ships and other top heavy vessels. The most powerful part of a hurricane is it’s eye wall. The eye wall is where the heaviest rain and the most powerful wind is located.
Flooding is when unusually high amounts of rain lands on an already saturated area or has a high water table. The river systems cannot remove the water as quickly as it arrives therefore resulting in an overflow of water which finds other ways of escaping. Thereby resulting in flooding of flat areas or valleys. As an example in 2010 the Philippines experienced a flood in which 452 999 people were displaces, from which 68 died and it resulted in $20,396,723 in damages. This flood was induced by a typhoon that had hit the mountain ranges afterwards and led to surface run off.
Power outages, deaths, destroyed cities, and underground subways are the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy destroyed portions of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern United States, and Eastern Canada. This storm left major damage with its powerful winds and flooding rains that left many residents without electricity, blew roofs off buildings, flooded streets, caused food shortages, left many people homeless, and killed many innocent lives. Hurricanes are strong rotating oceanic weather systems that bring maximum wind speeds and powerful rain that can cause a lot of damage. With all the damage that took place there's a lot of organizations that are stepping in to help people in need from the damage of Hurricane Sandy.
The heavy rainfall flooded areas inland all the way up to the Virginias. The North Carolina region which depends on tourism was devastated. Property damages in North Carolina alone was over $2.3 billion. Hurricane Fran was the worst natural economic disaster to happen in North Carolina. Survivors of a natural disaster would have feelings of shock and grief, and want to rebuild their home and reconnect quickly with their loved ones.
Zephyr Mauibem Mr. Dendi, Mrs. Napai History, English 9 November 2012 Hurricane Katrina Imagine what it would be like if your home, your belongings, even loved ones were gone. This is what Hurricane Katrina was like for citizens in the Gulf of Mexico area. States like Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida were greatly affected. Hurricane Katrina was a turning point in history because it affected natural disaster safety plans. Katrina also caused financial problems, and changed the way people viewed natural disasters.