Hurricane damage

Hurricane damage

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Caption: Hurricane damage. Brother and sister looking at their house, which has been flooded by 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. Hurricanes occur mainly in the late summer months, when conditions for formation are ideal. The hurricane that caused this damage was Hurricane Floyd, which made landfall in North Carolina, USA, overnight on 16 September, 1999. It destroyed 7000 homes in North Carolina.

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