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Unformatted text preview: storm surge; 20 foot tides Why so many deaths when comparing storms to today? Tropical and Equatorial Weather Systems Impacts of Tropical Cyclones Destruction from hurricanes: • High winds • Wave action • Storm surge • High rains and freshwater flooding Storm surge: rapid rise of coastal water level accompanying the onshore arrival of a tropical cyclone Tropical and Equatorial Weather Systems Impacts of Tropical Cyclones Hurricane Katrina, 2005 • Struck Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coasts • New Orleans vulnerable to flooding • Storm surge overtopped and breached levees and floodwalls • 80% of New Orleans covered with water up to 6 m (20 feet) deep Thunderstorms Greatest number of thunderstorms occur in moist tropical realms, especially Africa. Florida – Highest frequency in the U.S....
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- Spring '10
- Geography, Storm surge, Tropical cyclone, Hurricane Camille