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Shayne Morgan, F.P.E.M.
Director, Columbia County Emergency Management
P.O. Box 1787
Lake City, FL 32056-1787
Phone: (386) 758 - 1125Fax: (386) 752 - 9644
2013 Atlantic Ocean Basin Tropical Cyclone Names
Breeding Grounds:Hurricanes are products of a tropical ocean and a warm, moist atmosphere.Powered by heat from the sea, they are typically steered by high - level easterly winds while in the tropics, generally south of 25 degrees south latitude and by high-level easterly winds north of 25 degrees north latitude.When hurricanes become very strong, they can create their own steering winds.
The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on June 1.For the United States, the peak hurricane threat exists from mid - August to late October, although the official hurricane season extends through November.Over other parts of the world, such as the western North Pacific, typhoons can occur year-round.
Storm Structure:The process by which a disturbance forms and strengthens into a hurricane depends on at least three conditions.First, a disturbance gathers heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters.Next, added moisture evaporated from the sea surface powers the infant hurricane like a giant heat engine.Third, the hurricane forms a wind pattern near the ocean surface that spirals air inward.Bands of thunderstorms form, allowing the air to warm further and rise higher into the atmosphere.If the winds at these higher levels are relatively light, this structure can remain in tact and further strengthen the hurricane.
The center, or eye, of the hurricane is relatively calm with sinking air, light winds and a few clouds.The most violent winds and rain take place in the eyewall, the ring of thunderstorms immediately surrounding the eye.At the top of the eyewall (about 50,000 feet), most of the air is propelled outward, increasing the air's upward motion.Some of the air, however, moves inward and sinks into the eye, creating a cloud-free area.
"If you can hear it, clear it. If you can see it, flee it."National Lightning Safety Institute
Lightning kills nearly 100 people every year in the United States and injures hundreds of others.Knowing what steps to take in the event of an oncoming storm can save a life.