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Hurricanes are severe tropical storms which gather heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters Evaporation from the sea water increases their power When they come onto land the heavy rain strong winds and heavy waves can cause massive destruction In the past few weeks America has had its worst nightmare Its citizens have witnessed natures most terrible catastrophes and continue to endure its after marks Three major hurricanes in quick succession have had severe impact on Americas chief cities causing great devastation These include Hurricanes Katrina Ophelia and Rita Hurricane Katrina was the eleventh named tropical storm fourth hurricane third major hurricane and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season It caused great destruction in Bahamas South Florida Louisiana especially Greater New Orleans Mississippi Alabama Florida Panhandle and most of eastern North America The highest wind-speed recorded was 185 mph 280 kmh Over 1100 deaths have been reported in seven states a number which is expected to rise as casualty reports come in from areas currently inaccessible New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin estimates hundreds and as many as thousands are feared dead Shortly after the hurricane ended on August 30 some residents of New Orleans began looting stores Aside from the lack of water food shelter and sanitation facilities there was concern that the prolonged flooding might lead to an outbreak of health problems for those who remained in the hurricane-affected areas Hurricane Katrina stood as a mighty blow to Americas economy Hurricane Ophelia was the fifteenth named storm and the seventh hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season It was the first time that a storm was named Ophelia The highest wind-speed recorded was 85 mph 135 kmh The areas which it affected include Northeast Florida North Carolina Massachusetts and Atlantic Canada Hurricane Ophelia lasted from September 6th - 18th 2005 and caused quite a lot of destruction Third intense disaster came in the form of Hurricane Rita which
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