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Hurricanes 101

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From strong winds, to floods and debris all over the place hurricanes are considered one of the most devastating natural disasters. So, how long do hurricanes last and how can you prepare for them?

Lets begin with how they form. Hurricanes are cyclones that reach 39 to 73 mph from which they are considered tropical storms and they receive their name from the World Meteorological Organization. When the storm reaches 74 to 95 mph its considered a Cat 1 hurricane and as the speed of the hurricane increases so does the category.

Hurricanes are made from two things, heat and water. They reside over warm water, where the air over the surface of the ocean takes in heat and moisture. When the hot air rises it leaves a low pressure beneath it. This process repeats, producing swirls in the air. Once the hot air gets into the atmosphere, it cools off and becomes clouds and from there it can become a thunderstorm.

There are two climate patterns that control the wind and pressure patterns across the Atlantic Ocean. They are El Niño and La Niña and the second climate pattern is the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. The Atlantic Hurricane season usually starts from June 1 to Nov 30 and the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season starts May 15 to Nov 30.

This year there has been a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms developing with winds of 39 mph or higher, five of them reaching hurricane potential. One to four storms could reach Category 3, 4, or 5.

This information is provided by Miami insurance lawyer Alonso & Perez, LLP. Our areas of practice include bankruptcy, insurance litigation, foreclosure defense, immigration law, and more. Call 305-676-7545 to speak with a Miami insurance claims attorney and receive a free consultation We look forward to working with you.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.