On Sunday, September 10, Hurricane Irma hit Florida, killing three people. This was after it had bulldozed its way through the Caribbean killing 25 people. Hurricane Jose was close behind, but at the last minute it veered away and might pose no threat to the US.
Hurricane Harvey decimated parts of Texas and damaged southwest Louisiana when it hit the region, at the end of August, destroying billions of dollars worth of property.
A recent scientific report has revealed some interesting facts about Hurricanes. Below are some of them:
1. Hurricane Irma, Jose and Harvey came from West Africa
Irma, Harvey, and Jose were all born on the other side of the Atlantic, off the coast of Africa. According to a scientific report they were formed at a point near West Africa in Cape Verde as a result of dry hot air from the Sahara desert.
2. Record for longest duration held by two hurricanes
Two separate Atlantic hurricanes dating back to 1944 have held Category 5 status for a combined three days.
Most recently, Hurricane Ivan in 2004 reached Category 5 strength three separate times in existence, totaling a combined 72 hours. Hurricane Allen in 1980 is the other Atlantic storm to hold Category 5 strength for a combined three days.
A Category 5 hurricane has winds of 157 mph or greater, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
3. Most powerful hurricane ever
The most intense storm in the North Atlantic by lowest pressure was Hurricane Wilma. The strongest storm by 1-minute sustained winds was Hurricane Allen.
4. The most storms in a single Atlantic season
The record for the most storms with tropical storm-force winds or greater in a single Atlantic hurricane season is 28 set in 2005.
Virtually every corner of the Atlantic basin saw a named storm in 2005. An unnamed subtropical storm was later added in post-season analysis, so only 27 of the storm were actually named. The previous record for the most storms in an Atlantic season was 21 in 1933.
The 2005 season also holds the record for the most hurricanes in a single Atlantic season with 15 total.
5. The eye of the hurricane
The center of the hurricane, which is the eye, can be as huge a 32 kilometers. The weather in this center (the eye) is usually calm with low winds.
Meanwhile in Nigeria, NAIJ.com reported that Child Protection Network (CPN) and the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BSEMA), have said three persons died in the recent flooding in the state, while 110 000 survivors risked contracting diseases.
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CPN said that: “There were three deaths, two adults and one child. At the government approved IDP Camp, up to 4 families are reported to be accommodated in one room. This suggests the possible risk of an epidemic as some hospitals in affected locations are reported to have shut down due to the flood."
Watch this NAIJ.com video on flooding in Lagos and the people affected: