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A hurricane is a severe tropical storm that forms in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E. Hurricanes need warm tropical oceans, moisture and light winds above them. If the right conditions last long enough, a hurricane can produce violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains and floods. In other regions of the world, these types of storms have different names.
• Typhoon — (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
• Severe Tropical Cyclone — (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
• Severe Cyclonic Storm — (the North Indian Ocean)
• Tropical Cyclone — (the Southwest Indian Ocean)
Hurricanes rotate in a counterclockwise direction
around an "eye." A tropical storm becomes a hurricane
when winds reach 74 mph. There are on average six Atlantic hurricanes
each year; over a three-year period, approximately five hurricanes
strike the United States coastline from Texas to Maine. The Atlantic
hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. The East Pacific
hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30, with peak
activity occurring during July through September.
When hurricanes move onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and
heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars. The heavy waves
are called a storm surge. Storm surge is very dangerous and a major
reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane.
The following list names
some notable storms.
SAN FELIPE-OKEECHOBEE 1928
FLORIDA KEYS LABOR DAY 1935
NEW ENGLAND 1938
GREAT ATLANTIC 1944
CAROL AND EDNA 1954
CONNIE AND DIANE 1955
TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE 1979
TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO 1994
TROPICAL STORM ALLISON 2001
Galveston Hurricane 1900
This killer weather system was first detected over the tropical
Atlantic on August 27. While the history of the track and intensity
is not fully known, the system reached Cuba as a tropical storm
on September 3 and moved into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on
the 5th. A general west-northwestward motion occurred over the Gulf
accompanied by rapid intensification. By the time the storm reached
the Texas coast south of Galveston late on September 8, it was a
Category 4 hurricane. After landfall, the cyclone turned northward
through the Great Plains. It became extratropical and turned east-northeastward
on September 11, passing across the Great Lakes, New England, and
southeastern Canada. It was last spotted over the north Atlantic
on September 15.
This hurricane was the deadliest weather disaster in United States
history. Storm tides of 8 to15 ft inundated the whole of Galveston
Island, as well as other portions of the nearby Texas coast. These
tides were largely responsible for the 8,000 deaths (estimates range
from 6,000 to 12,000) attributed to the storm. The damage to property
was estimated at $30 million...
For an interactive map of the Galveston Hurricane visit the NOAA
Coastal Services Center.
ALL natural disasters are completely under control of Almighty
God. Psalm 48:7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish
with an east wind. (KJV) . . . God can cause a wind so great
that it can break a ship in half.
Psalm 104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in
the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon
the wings of the wind: (KJV) . . . God lays out the rafters
of His home in the rain clouds. He makes the clouds His chariots;
He rides upon the wings of the wind.
Psalm 135:7 He causeth the vapours to ascend from the
ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth
the wind out of his treasuries. (KJV) . . . God causes the
clouds to rise over the earth. He sends lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from His storehouses.
Psalm 147:18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them:
he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. (KJV) . . . God
commands snow to fall, then at His command, it all melts. He sends
His winds out of his treasuries, and the ice thaws.
Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or
descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound
the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the
earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst
tell? (KJV) . . . Who but God goes up to heaven and comes
back down? Who can hold the wind in His fists? Who can wrap up the
oceans in His cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What
is His Name, and His Son's Name? Do you know?
Eccles. 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth
about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind
returneth again according to his circuits. (KJV) . . . The
wind blows south, then north, here and there, twisting back and
forth, getting nowhere.
Jeremiah 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is
a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors
to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with
rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. (KJV) . . .
When God speaks, there is thunder in the heavens. He causes
the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from His storehouses in His own timing, whenever
and wherever He chooses!
Do you think that with the frequency
of the storms in recent years, that perhaps God is trying to tell
the world something? For instance, the United States began with
God-fearing people. In God we trust was the motto! It is NO longer
that way! People do NOT fear God today, they ridicule and blaspheme
Him! Trying times are ahead for unbelievers! The 24th chapter of
Matthew clearly tells us some things to look for, and what we can expect!
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