Hurricane Felix

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Hurricane Felix

Hurricane Felix

Hurricanes can form in water that is or above 80F. The storm surge is the most dangerous part of the hurricane. The storm surge is th big waves that come from the hurricane. Hurricanes form beyween 5 and 15 degrees north and south of the equator.

Hurricane Felix was a category 5 and it passed through the Carribbean Sea causing major devistation to surounding islands.

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.As you watch the storm-surge animations, notice the effect that the physical geography of each coastline has on storm surge. Also, note the waves on top of the ocean's surface. Wind, waves, and sea-level rise all contribute to storm-surge damage.

The coriolis is needed for the hurricane to spin.


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