The Atlantic Hurricane Season this year became active since 2010 as there were numerous storms brew over the Atlantic basin and started causing havoc across the southern coastlines of the United States and the Carribean region. The Central American region and the northern coastlines of South America are also at risk for the incessant storms that could pass within their vicinity after forming in the Atlantic Ocean basin. The most concerning storm of the season is Hurricane Irma, which already made its presence felt in the Caribbean region.
International weather agencies across the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean basins are now closely monitoring Hurricane Irma. The monstrous storm formed when a cloud cluster of thunderstorms from the West African region gradually formed a circulation just above the equator. The storm quickly intensified into a Hurricane after one day due to the warm seas of the Atlantic Ocean's equatorial area. The storm is expected to brush out the coastlines of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola Island, Cuba, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas before it will proceed to the State of Florida in the United States. Evacuations are underway for the affected residents to prevent any casualty, injury, and damages to properties.
|Hurricane Irma on left and Super Typhoon Haiyan on right|
What makes Hurricane Irma concerning? this powerful Hurricane is believed as the product of global warming. The hurricane's wind speed is considered the most powerful storms produced by the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The diameter of the storm is 400 miles wide or more than 600 kilometers, which can cover the entire States of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Hurricane Irma caused a destructive impact in Barbuda with more than 50% of structures were destroyed. As the storm continues to move in a northwestern direction, the storm's wind gusts are slowly degrading as it approaches colder water in the north accompanied by a wind shear.
Caribbean nations blame global warming as the main culprit responsible for causing a formation of several tropical cyclones and other natural calamities in the region. Global warming is an event when the Earth's atmosphere becomes warmer. This is brought about by the continuous emissions of carbon fuels from vehicles, factories, and man-made forest fires. Pollution caused by irresponsible segregation of waste materials continuous to destroy ecosystems across the world. Constant emissions destroy natural habitats of plants and animal species, which decreases the number of organisms that recycle the planet's air quality.
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Which is stronger, Hurricane or SuperTyphoon Haiyan?
This is a rare hurricane that reached a peak wind gust intensity of 220 miles per hour or 350 kilometers per hour near the center. This hurricane is considered the strongest, which is now responsible for numerous destruction of some countries across the Caribbean region. After passing through Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Hispaniola islands, the storm caused at least $400 million worth of damages. There are more than 10 persons perished, unaccounted missing, and destroyed several towns and cities.
As the hurricane approaches Cuba and the Southern States of the United States of America, the percentage of destruction is expected to increase. The storm is responsible for causing strong coastal storm surges along its path. The storm's pressure reached at 921 mbar. There are mass evacuations that are underway for those areas that are expected to suffer the wrath of the storm after a few hours at this point. The storm's wind intensity is also predicted to degrade from a Category 5 to a Category 3 hurricane once it will reach the Florida Peninsula.
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2. SUPER TYPHOON HAIYAN
In the Western Pacific basin, the tropical disturbance started as a tropical low within the vicinity of the Federated States of Micronesia. The disturbance quickly intensified into a typhoon after a few days. The peak intensity of the storm reached 250 miles per hour or 385 kilometers per hour near the center, which makes it as one of the strongest tropical disturbances in the Eastern hemisphere. The typhoon left behind at least 6,329 confirmed fatalities while there is at least 1,074 number of individuals who are still missing up to this date. The total damage caused by the disturbance escalated to at least $2.86 billion in USD.
Super typhoon Haiyan is thought as the deadliest tropical disturbance in the Philippine history. The typhoon caused another significant damage when it reached Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and in Southern China. The most lethal weapon of the tropical disturbance is the storm surge. The Philippines was unprepared for the onslaught of storm surge that reached at least 10 meters in height, especially near the coastal waters where the storm made landfalls.
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