Hurricane protection

Hurricane protection

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Caption: Hurricane protection. Shop workers boarding up windows in preparation for the landfall of a hurricane. Hurricanes are huge cyclonic storm systems of high winds blowing around a central eye. Most hurricanes form in the doldrums, areas of ocean around the equator which are generally calm. A low pressure region forms as moist air is forced upwards, and this becomes the eye of the storm. When hurricanes make landfall they can cause extensive damage to buildings and trees. Boarding up windows is one way in which such damage can be minimized. Hurricane Fran, for which these men are preparing, made landfall in North Carolina, USA, on 5th September 1996.

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