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Hurricanes Impact Our Lives
When a hurricane strikes the coast of the United States, it brings with it a number of serious hazards. These hazards include heavy rains, high winds, a storm surge, and even tornadoes.
surge pushes seawater on shore during a hurricane, flooding
towns near the coast.
Heavy rains cause flooding in inland places as well. This picture was taken after Hurricane Floyd drenched parts of the U.S. East Coast with 8 to 16 inches of rain in 1999. (Image: NWS NOAA)
you see the piece of wood that is stuck within the trunk of this palm
tree? Powerful winds during Hurricane Andrew drove
it in there.
winds, storm surge, flooding and tornadoes cause damage to
houses and cars that are in the path of a hurricane.
People in communities near the coast usually have a few days warning as a hurricane approaches. People who make good decisions as the hurricane approaches are often left unharmed. Follow the links in the blue bar at the top of this page to learn more about hurricanes and how to make good decisions during a hurricane.