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Unformatted text preview: al H azar d Occur r ences by State CS 150 Report Natural Hazards and Florida Jordan Stanton M/W/F 10-10:50 12/10/2007 Page 1 Natural Hazards and Florida Jordan Stanton Florida is revered as one of the most beautiful states in the entire United States. The economy is truly unique and the lifestyle is second to none. The only downfall to the sunshine state is its vulnerability to many devastating natural hazards such as hurricanes, wild fires, tornadoes, flooding, heat waves and sinkholes. The recent threat that has swept across Florida and on into Georgia is the destructive wild fires. Florida is very vulnerable to wildfires because of its high year round temperature, intense wind and sometimes little precipitation; wildfires can explode when these three environmental aspects collide, which causes intense damage across the state. The worst aspect of Florida wildfires is the outbreak of more than just one deadly fire. In most serious cases, numerous fires across the state are active at the same time and very violent. It takes a lot of man power to try and tame the fires and just when you think you have it completely under control it restarts and the terror continues to intensify. According to People’s Daily Florida has had 2,679 wildfires, burning roughly 204,413 acres of land since January 1, 2007. Due to numerous fire outbreaks Florida has had to close major interstates including I-95 and I-10. The negative impact on Florida’s economy is huge because of this natural hazard. Hundreds of homes are forced to evacuate and in most cases need to be replaced because of damage. Numerous corporations and businesses are affected because of the lack of consumers who typically purchase their product or service. The economy as a whole is hindered a great deal and because of the wild fires and their aftermath. It takes much time to return the state and its economy back to functioning order. Page 2 Another serious but less likely natural hazard that occurs in Florida is tornadoes. Tornadoes are separated into two seasons, the summer and spring with the deadlier of the two being the spring. Florida’s climatology allows tornadoes to strike both in the day as well as in the middle of the night, which is what makes them so dangerous. The tornadoes that occur in the summer are more frequent but less destructive. Summertime tornadoes usually occur during tropical storms from the land falling tropical cyclones. On the other hand spring season tornadoes are a lot less frequent, but when they hit they cause massive amounts of damage and destruction to an area. The formation of spring season tornadoes is very unique; the jet stream is destruction to an area....
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course CS 150 taught by Professor Dormady during the Fall '07 term at Jacksonville University.

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