Hurricane of Galveston. By: Daniel Walsh. What is a Hurricane?. "an intense tropical weather system with a well defined circulation and maximum sustained 74 mph winds or higher.In the Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons."
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Hurricane of Galveston By: Daniel Walsh
What is a Hurricane? • "an intense tropical weather system with a well defined circulation and maximum sustained 74 mph winds or higher.In the Pacific, hurricanes are called typhoons." • Have massive amounts of energy, with low pressure, and they form in oceans with warm water. • Strong pressure gradients create strong convergence winds which push up start to go in a circular motion. The stronger the winds get the stronger the hurricane. • They mostly for in August and September due to the water being very warm.
The Storm and its path • Began off the coast of west Africa, then traveled into the caribbean, then into the Gulf of Mexico and hit Galveston. • There was little warning due to poor meteorologists that could not predict the storm's path. • It was a category 4 with 145 mph winds and had a 15 foot storm surge on the 10 foot high barrier island.
Aftermath of Galveston • 8,000 people died, about 22% of the population died.There were mass graves to bury the bodies and others were thrown back in the ocean. • Over 20 million dollars to repair the damage. • To prevent another storm they built 10 foot high 10 mile long sea walls to stop another massive storm surge.
Economical Aftermath • Major port of Texas and had many cotton fields. • The storm ruined all of these jobs and sent the barrier island into debt. • To this day the island is still trying to bounce back from this storm that ruined everything for the citizens.