Saturday, May 18 2013 5:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:56:22 GMT
VALLEY BROOK, OK (KOKH/FOX) – Joe's Addiction is an appropriate name for a coffee shop that proudly welcomes and helps drug abusers, but the city objects to the way it operates. Valley Brook Mayor DonnaMore >>
Joe's Addiction is an appropriate name for a coffee shop that proudly welcomes and helps drug abusers, but the city objects to the way it operates.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:58:40 GMT
TAMPA (WTVT/FOX) - A man is facing first-degree murder charges after he was accused of causing his girlfriend to miscarry by secretly giving her an abortion pill. John Andrew Welden, son of a Tampa fertilityMore >>
John Andrew Welden, son of a Tampa fertility doctor, allegedly tricked his girlfriend into thinking an abortion pill was an antibiotic.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 11:28 AM EDT2013-05-16 15:28:43 GMT
SAN ANTONIO (KABB/FOX) - At least 20 people were injured after an escalator malfunctioned at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention center was playing host to the Dish Network Corporation'sMore >>
At least 20 people were injured after an escalator malfunctioned during the annual dish Network team summit.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 10:27 AM EDT2013-05-16 14:27:05 GMT
ORLANDO, FL (WOFL/FOX) - Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, is calling for an investigation into what he believes are suspicious arrests of American tourists visiting the Bahamas. Nelson said police in Turks andMore >>
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-FL, said the alleged scam is primarily directed toward elderly Americans who are in a vulnerable position because they want to go home.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 5:40 PM EDT2013-05-14 21:40:10 GMT
MULDROW, TX (KFSM/FOX) - A school board is losing a battle to display the Ten Commandments in classrooms after a student raised an issue recently. Every classroom had the commandments posted for the lastMore >>
Every classroom in the school system had the commandments posted for the last 20 years, but they were taken off the walls this week.More >>
The ingredients for a hurricane include a pre-existing weather disturbance, warm tropical oceans, moisture, and relatively light winds aloft. If the right conditions persist long enough, they can combine to produce the violent winds, incredible waves, torrential rains, and floods we associate with this phenomenon.
Each year, an average of ten tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. Many of these remain over the ocean and never impact the US coastline. Six of these storms become hurricanes each year. In an average 3-year period, roughly five hurricanes strike the US coastline, killing approximately 50 to 100 people anywhere from Texas to Maine. Of these, two are typically "major" or "intense" hurricanes (a category 3 or higher storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale).
What is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and, in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth's surface. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows:
Tropical Depression An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds* of 38 mph (33 kt**) or less.
Tropical Storm An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph (34-63 kt).
Hurricane An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher.
Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding.
* Sustained winds A 1-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.
** 1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour or 1.15 statute miles per hour. Abbreviated as "kt".