Hurricanes are not unique to modern humans. People in North America have been suffering the devastating effects of hurricanes for as long as the Florida and Gulf Coasts have been populated. The damages caused by a hurricane can leave a lasting economic, physical and emotional impact on cities and the people affected.
In 1870, the National Weather Service (NWS) was established in the U.S., but it wasn’t until 1955 that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) was founded in Miami, Florida. Operated by the NWS, the NHC is responsible for hurricane forecast and warning programs in the tropical and subtropical regions of the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific oceans, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and adjacent land areas.
While hurricanes cannot be stopped or avoided, the NHC is able to issue warnings and predict hurricane paths in the interest of the safety and the well-being of Americans, especially those living in coastal communities.
Florida is often the target for tropical storms and hurricanes, but we’re far from the only state that is commonly affected by tropical cyclones.
This is just a small portion of disastrous hurricanes that have impacted the U.S. over the last several decades. They are all examples of the unpredictability and destructive power of nature in the North Atlantic and along the Gulf Coast.
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