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The Most Hurricane-Prone Areas

by 352admin 24. October 2016 04:06

 

A hurricane is characterized by strong winds that range from 74 miles per hour to more than 156 miles per hour.  Hurricanes can cause mass destruction, cutting a path up to 600 miles wide. A hurricane in the Northern Hemisphere has counter-clockwise rotation around an eye while a hurricane in the Southern Hemisphere has clockwise rotation.

The Most Hurricane-Prone Areas

Some areas in the United States have higher risk of experiencing the impact of hurricanes depending on their geography and location. Based on data on tropical storms for the past 100 years, weather experts have pinpointed the following areas to be the most frequently hit by hurricanes:

  • Southeast Florida – The area covers Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. The area is visited by a Category 3 hurricane at least once in a decade. Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 super storm, struck the area in 1922 and Hurricane Jeanne, a Category 2 storm hit in 2004.
  • The Florida Keys – An island chain off southern Florida with the town of Key West at the end. The area is on the path of many hurricanes. The area was hit by a Category 2 storm in 1998, by a Category 1 hurricane in 1999, and barely escaped Hurricane Rita in 2005.
  • Southwest Florida – The metro areas of Naples and Fort Myers are located on the gulf coast of southern Florida. The Category 4 Hurricane Charley hit it in 2004.
  • West Florida – The area includes Sarasota, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Hurricane Frances, packing high winds and heavy rainfall, struck the area in 2004.
  • Outer Banks, North Carolina – This 200-mile strand of peninsulas and islands off the coast of North Carolina are affected by the Gulf Stream current.  Hurricanes frequently make landfall here.
  • Central Texas Gulf Coast – Galveston, an island city, has been visited by several strong hurricanes in the last hundred years, including Hurricane Allison in 1989.
  • Central Florida – Atlantic Coast – Hurricane Frances, a Category 2 storm, made landfall here in 2004.
  • Florida Panhandle – Includes the metro areas of Panama City and Pensacola. Hurricane Ivan hit the area in 1995 and Hurricane Opal struck in 2004.
  • Central Gulf Coast – The area includes the cities of New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS, and Mobile, AL. Hurricane Camille devastated the region in 1969 while the well-remembered Hurricane Katrina damaged the area in 2005.
  • South Texas – Gulf Coast – The region was hit by Hurricane Bret in 1999, but fortunately, it struck a sparsely populated area.

So can you still have quality of life in hurricane-prone areas?  Yes! These areas are full of beauty and recreation.  The trick is to be prepared and informed to mitigate damage and fallout from the onslaught of hurricanes. 

 

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