Flashcards in Tropical Storms Deck (10):
Define a tropical storm
An area of low pressure consisting of large clouds with an eye at the center.
What are they known as in India and Bangladesh
What is an medc example of a tropical storm and the effects
Hurricane Andrew in Florida.
Loss of income from business
Aid quick to come
What is an LEDc example of a tropical storm and the effects
Hurricane Mitch, El Salvador
Strong winds led to delay in aid
3 million affected
Describe the distribution of tropical storms
They are found 10-30 degrees north and south of the equator in warm seas of around 27*
Describe the formation of a tropical storm.
Thunderstorms travel over warm seas picking up energy. Warm air rises and due to the earths rotation the mass of cloud will begin to spin. This causes cool air to be sucked into the eye and more warm air to rise. Cool air causes the wind speed to increase and as the storm travels over the warm oceans picking up more energy and as more energy condenses into the center of the storm the storm becomes more powerful
How can you monitor a tropical storm
Centres such as the national hurricane centre can study the path of a storm as plan the route however, it is only 25% accurate 48 hours before a storm can strike.
Describe ways of reducing the impact of storms
Forecasts - these are open to the public and updates hourly. This way the public can see if they are at risk so they can evacuate
Buildings- in medcs buildings can be made resistant to storms such as water proof windows and windproof tiles
Prepare- educate the public on what to do in the event such as evacuation and disaster plans
How can ledcs be protected from them?
Charity- such as oxfam focus on building shelters and educating the people on how to swim and build better constructed homes with mud soaked bamboo shoots.