Flooding is a major threat for those who live inland when a hurricane or tropical storm hits. According to the NHC, these storms can produce torrential rains that bring more than 6 inches of rain, which can ultimately result in deadly and destructive flooding.
Are hurricanes tropical storms?
Hurricanes are types of tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and eastern Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes affect millions of people who live along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts each year.
They have a circular rotation and rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. The only difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is wind speed. In fact, the technical difference between the two is just one mile per hour (mph) of maximum sustained winds.
Are hurricanes tropical?
Hurricanes are tropical storms that form in the Atlantic Ocean with wind speeds of at least 119 kilometers (74 miles) per hour. Hurricanes have three main parts, the calm eye in the center, the eyewall where the winds and rains are the strongest, and the rain bands which spin out from the center and give the storm its size.
What damage does a tropical storm cause?
Tropical cyclones often destroy key bridges, overpasses, and roads, complicating efforts to transport food, clean water, and medicine to the areas that need it. The damage caused by tropical cyclones to buildings and dwellings can result in economic damage to a region, and to a diaspora of the population of the region.
A tropical disturbance is this formation of loosely packed rain clouds forming thunderstorms. A tropical disturbance requires specific criteria to take the next step to become a tropical depression.
The Right Side of the StormAs a general rule of thumb, the hurricane’s right side (relative to the direction it is travelling) is the most dangerous part of the storm because of the additive effect of the hurricane wind speed and speed of the larger atmospheric flow (the steering winds).