Atlantic Hurricane Season (03:35)
The 2008 season shook Louisiana with memories of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Gustav spread fear in southern Louisiana and prompted a mass evacuation. Gustav came overland, and soon after Hurricane Hanna came ashore.
Hurricane Formation (03:42)
Hurricanes are created over warm water and gain strength/speed as they head towards land. Once on land they lose strength but are still deadly. Radar is used track storms but it did not exist during the Galveston hurricane, the deadliest in U.S. history.
Saffir-Simpson Scale (01:21)
Hurricanes are measured by wind strength and damage. Level 1 has minimal damage and level 5 can be completely destructive.
Hurricane Andrew (02:55)
This hurricane swept through southern U.S., hitting Southern Florida the hardest. A level 5 hurricane with early warning left a low death toll. It was the most destructive hurricane at the time it hit.
U.S. National Hurricane Center (01:46)
Researching and tracking hurricanes can save lives. When a hurricane is close to touching down, warnings are sent out for public safety.
Hurricane Hugo in the Caribbean (03:14)
This hurricane came overland in Guadeloupe and then traveled across the Caribbean. The hurricane was destructive and costly and left many homeless.
Hurricane Hugo in the United States (02:42)
The hurricane traveled over the Atlantic to the United States, regaining its strength. The storm had a tidal surge in Charleston that is the largest recorded in the area.
Hurricane Mitch in Honduras (02:54)
This hurricane hit and was less powerful than expected, but caused enormous damage. It moved inland and the flooding created massive landslides and mudslides, killing many.
Hurricane Mitch Damage (02:21)
The hurricane caused extensive damage, destroying vital crops and transportation systems. Flooding throughout Central America caused landslides. Search and rescue operations were launched with help from other countries.
Hurricane Mitch in Mexico and Florida (02:40)
The hurricane lost strength each time it went overland, but regained it as it went to sea. This hurricane had a large death toll and destroyed people's livelihoods.
Hurricane Katrina in Florida (03:52)
This storm formed over the Atlantic Ocean and headed towards Miami. It traveled across the state causing relatively minimal damage. It was predicted to head toward the Louisiana and Alabama coastline.
Hurricane Katrina Evacuation Plans (03:31)
The mayor of New Orleans ordered a last minute evacuation plan. Those who were not able to escape, the old, sick, and poor, were told to gather in the Superdome, but some were not allowed inside because of overcrowding.
Hurricane Katrina Levee Failure (02:40)
The levees that surround the city were strong enough to survive a level 3 hurricane, not a level 5. The massive flooding from the hurricane left many dead and the city destroyed.
Hurricane Katrina Chaos (03:07)
Chaos broke out after the storm and looting, mainly for food, occurred everywhere. Many believe that this hurricane could have been prevented; it was known that the levees would not survive a level 4 or 5 hurricane.
Hurricane in New York (02:08)
Rising sea levels make it possible to have a hurricane in New York. The dense population and the high buildings would result in many flooding deaths and deaths from falling glass.
Conclusion: Hurricanes from Hell: The World's Worst Disasters (01:01)
Tracking and monitoring hurricanes once they are on radar is common but hurricane prediction is not. Once hurricanes are identified warnings and evacuation plans are issued which lessen the effects.
Credits: Hurricanes from Hell: The World's Worst Disasters (00:50)
Credits: Hurricanes from Hell: The World's Worst Disasters
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