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Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones

Cyclone is the generic term for a low-pressure system with surface winds spinning in a circular motion. The six main types of cyclones are polar cyclones, polar lows, extratropical cyclones, subtropical cyclones, tropical cyclones, and mesocyclones. When the winds reach speeds of 74 miles per hour, a tropical cyclone might be called a hurricane or typhoon, depending on the region where it formed.

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How are tornadoes and hurricanes similar?

Hurricanes and tornadoes are both natural disasters that produce powerful, destructive winds that spiral cyclonically inwards via low pressure (clockwise in the southern hemisphere, counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere). Hurricanes have a calm, clear eye at the center of rotation and it is believed that many tornadoes have a similar feature. Both have scales for rating intensity: Tornadoes are rated on the Fujita scale from F0 to F5 based on damage, some countries, including the United States have upgraded to the Enhanced Fujita scale...
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Where is the safest place to go during a tornado?

Generally speaking, you want to be as low to the ground as possible during severe tornado conditions. A basement is ideal, as particularly powerful tornadoes can tear buildings apart. If you don’t have access to an underground space, being near the center of the building is the next best plan, staying away from any windows, as flying debris is one of the greatest dangers during these storms. If your interior bathroom has a bathtub, that...
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What is the difference between Hurricanes and Cyclones?

- Hurricane: A violent wind which has a circular movement, especially found in the West Atlantic Ocean. A hurricane is actually a violent storm formed with water which causes heavy rains and fierce winds and they can cause flooding of streets and homes. - Cyclone: A violent tropical storm or wind in which the air moves very fast in a circular direction. They can be formed over tropical waters, bar the Southeast Pacific and the South Atlantic Oceans. Severity_and_Categories">Severity and Categories Cyclones are categorised according to their...
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How do you prepare for a cyclone?

Board up the windows, find a safe place or leave, depending on your situation. Have canned food and bottled water if you stay and hope for the best. Further information: Emergency Management Queensland's website offers the following advice for basic action before and during a cyclone: Have a list of emergency phone numbers is an easily accessible position Determine which is the strongest, most secure room in your house Pack an Emergency kit which includes items such as first aid, torch and portable radio with spare...
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What is the difference between a typhoon and a hurricane?

Nothing except geography. Tropical storms occur in several of the world's oceans, and except for their names, they are essentially the same type of storm. In the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific Ocean, they are called hurricanes. In the Western Pacific Ocean, they are called typhoons. In the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal, and Australia, these types of storms are called cyclones. Technically, all hurricanes are cyclones but not all cyclones are hurricanes: if their wind speed is...
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Why is ocean water saltier in warm places?

When water evaporates it leaves salt behind causing water in warmer areas that have more evaporation to have saltier water. The Mediterranean Sea (from observation via thermal images from space) is one of the saltiest seas, also the Red Sea (to a lesser extent). Both the Dead Sea and the Great Salt Lake are so salty that most people find it easy to float. Lake Assal is considered the saltiest body of water outside of Antarctica. The Northern Pacific is at the...
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What is the difference between a hurricane and a tornado?

Hurricanes and tornadoes are both damaging windstorms, but they are very different phenomena. One is a large weather system and the other is an isolated weather event. A hurricane is a huge airmass that can be more than 1000 miles across, while a tornado is seldom more than 1 mile across, and often much less. Hurricanes A hurricane (also known as a cyclone or typhoon) is a very large,swirling storm with strong winds and heavy rains. It consists of an area of closed,...
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Who to call after a disaster?

911 although they are likely to be overflowing with calls.
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When was Hurricane Katrina?

Hurricane Katrina first formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005. On August 29 it hit New Orleans in southeast Louisiana before moving along the Gulf Coast. It killed: 2 people in Alabama,14 people in Florida,2 people in Georgia,1 person in Kentucky,2 in people in Ohio,238 in Mississippi, and 1,577 people in Louisiana. That is a total of 1,836 dead, and 705 missing. ...
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What do you do before during and after a cyclone?

Emergency Management Queensland's website offers the following advice for basic action before, during and after a cyclone: Before Have a list of emergency phone numbers in an easily accessible position Determine which is the strongest, most secure room in your house Pack an Emergency kit which includes items such as first aid, torch and portable radio with spare batteries, gloves, candles, matches, copies of important documents e.g. birth certificates, essential medications, canned foods Have an evacuation plan ready, including evacuation routes, spare fuel, and listen to Community...
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When does the hurricane season start and end?

Every year, the hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. ...
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When does the hurricane season start?

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and ends on Nov 30 of every year. ...
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What are the signals and type of typhoon?

Hurricane and Typhoon Signal and Warning Comparisons Hong Kong Observatory PAGASA NHC BoM WA SES Signal One (Stand-by) #1: A TC within 800 km may affect HK no equivalent no equivalentno equivalentSignal Three (Strong Winds) #3: 41-62km/h Strong Winds expected within 12 hoursPSWS#1 (ONE): 30-60 km/h winds expected in 36 hoursStrong Wind WarningStrong Wind Warning no equivalent no equivalentTropical Storm Watch: 63-117 km/h winds in 36 hoursTropical Cyclone Watch Category 1: >75 km/h gusts in 24-48 hoursSignal Eight (Gale or Storm Winds) #8: 63-117 km/h Gale or Storm Force winds expected or blowingPSWS#2 (TWO): 60-100...
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Why are no hurricanes named with the letters q xyz?

Because no names start with q, x, y, or z.
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What are the differences between a hurricane a typhoon and a cyclone?

It is the location of the storms' occurrences. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic ocean or east of the International Date Line, typhoons in the Pacific west of the International Date Line, and cyclones in the Indian ocean and south of the equator in the Pacific ocean. All three are the SAME basic weather event. They are large scale (hundreds of miles across) and form initially over tropical warm sea areas; moist air over the warm sea being their energy source. Their winds are...
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What is worst cyclone or tornado?

A cyclone is simply a large-scale area of low atmospheric pressure with closed cyclonic circulation. They may bring thunderstorms but are not necessarily severe. However, hurricanes and typhoons, which are a type of cyclone, are generally worse than tornadoes. Tornadoes can cause more severe damage on a local scale than cyclones of any type can, but their affects are over a much smaller area. ...
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How do cyclones form?

Simple explanation: As warm, moist air over the ocean rises up from the ocean surface, there is less air left near the surface, and this causes an area of lower air pressure below. The air around this region has higher air pressure, and so it rushes in to fill the low pressure area. This air also becomes warm and moist and so it rises, too. The cycle keeps going. Warm air rises, the surrounding air swirls in to take its place, and...
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Which is deadlier a Tornado or a Hurricane?

A hurricane can inflict a higher death toll than a tornado largely because it affects a much bigger area. Also, there are more ways that hurricanes can kill. Most tornado deaths result from flying or falling debris, and some other result from people being thrown. Hurricanes can cause deaths be similar means, but most hurricane deaths result from flooding caused either by the storm surge or heavy rain. The rainfall from hurricanes can also cause deadly landslides. However, tornadoes are more violent than hurricane...
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How did Cyclone Wanda get its name?

At that stage, cyclones were named alphabetically as they occurred. Because of the date it occurred, the meteorologists were up to the letter 'W', and Wanda was simply the name that was chosen. ...
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What causes hurricanes?

The term "hurricane" is just another word for a tropical cyclone which forms in the Atlantic Ocean or the eastern Pacific Ocean north of the equator. Tropical cyclones (including typhoons and hurricanes) are caused by warm tropical moisture bearing clouds developing in open oceans or seas. Tropical cyclones such as hurricanes can only form over warm waters in the tropical regions of the oceans where the sea temperatures are 26.5 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher. They occur in areas of very...
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What land did Hurricane Katrina destroy?

Bahamas, south Florida, Cuba, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida panhandle
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Where do hurricanes go after they form?

They track across the ocean like all other weather systems. They gain energy in a complex interplay with the water, sun and rotation of the earth. When they cross to be over a landmass this interaction is switched off and they gradually die out becoming first just large storms, finally down to depressions. ...
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Why do meteorologist track hurricanes thousands of miles out in the ocean?

There hurricanes may at some point threaten land, including small islands. They can also be a major hazard to boats and ships at sea. Even if a hurricane does not approach land it can produce large waves and rip tides. Such conditions have killed a number of people. Additionally, we can conduct research on these hurricanes so that we can better understand and predict future hurricanes when they threaten land. ...