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Damages Caused By Hurricanes Can Run Into The Billions Of Dollars

By On October 28, 2012 Under Uncategorized

Hurricanes are violent storms which emanate from the waters and they can extend to the land. The scientific name given to storms is tropical cyclones. There are mainly three forms of cyclones and these are hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones. When the strong storms occur in the Atlantic Ocean, they are known as hurricanes and if they occur in Pacific Ocean, they are referred to as typhoons. Those occurring in Indian Ocean are known as cyclones.

Therefore, the name of the storm depends on the location from where they emanate. The formation of hurricanes begins with high winds. When the winds contained in the rotating storm attain a speed of 39mph, they are referred to as tropical storm and as they accelerate to reach 74 mph, the storm is regarded as tropical cyclone or hurricane.

In most cases, tropical cyclones weaken as they make a landfall but the damage they can cause is extensive. The reason why the strength of the tropical cyclones weakens as they hit the land is because they are not fed or fueled by the energy from the warm ocean waters. Nonetheless, they continue to move inland pouring many inches of rainfall and strong winds which cause damage before they eventually die out.

The destruction caused by hurricanes depends on their size, intensity and also the nature of the topography where they fall. These storms bring about property damage and in extreme cases they can cause death. There is variable impact which is witnessed as the storm passes and the nature and extent of damage depends on how strong those winds and rainfall are.

A severe and extensive damage is seen in areas closest to the centre of the cyclone. The impact of the storm is multidirectional and this is evidenced by crowns of trees which are broken and wind-thrown. A severe and localized damage is experienced in areas closer to the cyclone centre than in the edge of the storm with severe canopy disruption.

The storms reshape the geology which is near the coast as they erode sand from the beaches. They also rearrange the corals and change dune configurations. Buildings are damaged when the storms are severe and this leads to displacement of the population. Where there is total destruction, this means that the homes and buildings have to be rebuilt.

In the Saffir-Simpson scale, the hurricane scale one is the weakest and this causes damages to trees, and unanchored mobile homes. Scale number two storms are relatively strong and these can damage building roofs and blow trees down. As the winds become stronger, they advance to scale number three, where they can destroy mobile homes, damage small buildings and blow down large trees.

Storms categorized as scale number four have the power to lower floors of structures, which are near the shore and this causes flooding. Scale number five hurricanes are the strongest and very powerful and they cause an extensive damage to industrial buildings and homes. They lower floors of structures, which may be within 500 meters off shore standing 4.5m above the sea level.

The following article was suggested by the repair and restoration pros who will be helping property owners recover on the east coast from hurricane sandy, in states like new jersey, pennsylvania and the entire tri state area.

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