Hello and welcome to News Station 17 reporting to you from Miami. We have just discovered a new category four hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico that is rapidly approaching the south-west side of Florida. Now we go to our weather correspondent, Sam, in the field.
Thanks Joshua. I'm reporting to you from Tampa where a category four hurricane according to the Simpson scale is nearby. The hurricane is about 30 minutes from landfall. This hurricane could cause major damage to Florida. Up to 100 billion dollars of damage! While we are on the subject lets go to our weather correspondent, Luke, back at News Station 17.
Thanks Sam, on that topic, lets go into how hurricanes are made. Thunderstorms coming off of Africa gain power by bringing up the warm water over ocean into the storm. This makes the air below the storm low pressure. The low pressure air below the storm moves up into the eye of the storm. High pressure air outside of the storm moves into the eye and spins around the eye. The high pressure air spins because of the Coriolis effect.
Thanks Luke, also on hurricanes the storm surge is the most dangerous part of the hurricane because it can release up to 15 feet of water causing flooding in the surrounding areas which can kill people and do massive damage to property. Now lets go back to Sam.
Thanks Joshua. I am now closer to where the storm is about to make land fall. Here at the coast we can expect major storm surge. Up to 15 feet of flooding like you said. The wind speed is measuring in at about 150 miles per hour. So make sure to follow all our safety tips. Lets go to Joshua and he can tell us these safty tips.
Thanks Sam, now for some safety tips for everyone watching. Be sure to get to high places, and leave any mobile homes as they can get blow off by the winds, and also watch out for small objects that can be turned into projectiles by the storm. Thank you all for watching and tune back in later for more coverage of the hurricane's touching down in Tampa.