Water Cycle Extreme — Hurricanes

From June through November, we live nervously here in Florida. Why? Energy and water from the tropics can venture toward the southeastern U.S. in gigantic, spinning storms we call “hurricanes.”

Hurricanes have been in the news a lot lately. They can be very destructive, but they’re also part of the natural cycle in Florida. Of course, no one wants to be part of a natural cycle that includes storm surges, massive waves, devastating flooding and winds that can rip the roof right off of a house.

Most people don’t like them, but hurricanes have been around a lot longer than we have. Florida’s plants and animals have adapted to them, and some even benefit from the effects of hurricanes. Unfortunately, hurricanes have been getting stronger and more common lately, and some natural systems seem to be having trouble recovering.

How about you? Is your family prepared for a hurricane? Do you know what you’ll do if your water cycle gets temporarily disrupted by a huge storm? Get some help: NOAA’s Hurricane Preparedness Page

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