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Monday, August 24, 2009

Hurricanes for Kids

toys can be put away in preparation for tropical storms and hurricanesNow that those of us who live along the Atlantic coast in North America came through Hurricane Bill relatively unscathed, maybe it's time to educate the kids about hurricanes.

Hurricanes are severe tropical storms (with winds of at least 74 miles per hour). They form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern Pacific Ocean, gathering heat and energy through contact with warm ocean waters.

Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around an "eye." When they come onto land, the heavy rain, strong winds and heavy waves can damage buildings, trees and cars.

These heavy waves (called storm surges) are very dangerous and a major reason why you MUST stay away from the ocean during a hurricane warning or hurricane. In Hurricane Bill (late August 2009), some people were swept away from a "safe" rock barrier wall, from which they had been watching the massive waves.

Kids can help parents prepare the house for a tropical storm or hurricane - by putting all toys and lawn furniture away; and making sure their pets are inside the home with the family. Children can be quite fearful if they've heard dire warnings on the news, so a special Hurricane Flashlight might provide a good sense of security in case of power outage.




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