Hurricane research

Hurricane research

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Caption: Hurricane research vehicle on the coast as Hurricane Frances hits land at Fort Pierce, Florida, USA, on 4 September 2004. This is a mobile radar vehicle known as doppler on wheels (DOW2). It is tracking the development and movement of the hurricane, using the radar to measure rainfall and wind speed and direction. This information is used to predict the path and severity of the hurricane and the behaviour of future hurricanes. At this time Frances was classified as a category 2 hurricane, with winds of between 154 and 177 kilometres per hour (kph) and was moving very slowly (between 8 and 16 kph). The winds killed 6 people and damaged buildings and power lines.

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