Hazards Associated to Tropical Cyclones and How to Minimize Them
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Hazards Associated to Tropical Cyclones and How to Minimize Them

Tropical cyclones could develop to depression, storm or typhoon. It is important that people know the hazards associated to a tropical cyclone so that damages could be minimized.

A tropical cyclone is a weather disturbance that usually forms over the warm waters of oceans in the tropics which is over 26 degrees Celsius and is warmer than the water surrounding it. Tropical cyclones may develop into a depression, a storm or a typhoon and could be devastating to cause a lot of damages to properties and lives. The strong wind and heavy rains formed from tropical cyclones could wipe out everything on their course of direction.

Tropical cyclones could be classified according to their strength, determined by the maximum speed of wind near the center. This could either intensify or weaken depending on some conditions. Whether the tropical cyclone weakens or gets worse, it is always important to bear in mind that there are hazards that tropical cyclones may bring.

What are some of the hazards that are associated to tropical cyclones and how can you minimize the damages that they cause?

Strong Winds

The strong wind associated to tropical cyclones is hazardous to properties, people, plants and animals.  Houses of light materials are the easiest to be blown. Trees, crops and animals could also be damaged by strong winds. If there are big trees beside your house, make sure to trim the branches that may cause damages to your house when they break. Seek shelter elsewhere if your house cannot stand strong winds.  Be alert for any warnings or announcement from those authorized people so that you will be updated with what is happening in your place.

Heavy Rainfall

Strong and heavy rains could cause floods especially in low-lying areas. Flash floods are also associated to tropical cyclones. Flash floods are sudden occurrences and cannot be predicted so there are cases when a lot of properties and lives have been damaged and wiped out. The disaster could be avoided if people are aware of the hazards and follow some precautionary measures.

Storm Surge

A storm surge is a term used for big waves and high tides that occur during tropical cyclones. The most affected are those living in coastal areas. Taking precautionary measures is very important in order to minimize damages during tropical cyclones.

Tropical cyclones are natural occurrences and it cannot be prevented but the damages that the hazards may cause could be minimized. It is important for people to know the precautionary measures before, during and after a tropical cyclone to lessen the damages.

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Comments (1)

Although we don't experienced cyclones here, we have lots of strong typhoons disasters, thanks for the great infos.