Why is the United States of America vulnerable to hurricanes?
Every year in early June, the west coast of the United States often gets hit by tropical storms, cyclones, typhoons or hurricanes. The most targeted states are Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. Each year, it seems like that the USA is far more vulnerable to hurricanes than any other countries in the World. Is America the only country that is the most vulnerable to tropical cyclones or are there other countries that are more vulnerable?
The East coast of the United States often gets hit by hurricanes, sorry for the mistake above.
- nevin0020Lv 52 months agoFavourite answer
It's because the water in the Atlantic ocean is warm enough to create an environment that hurricanes thrive in. Other countries are hit by them yes but America gets it worst cause the Atlantic is such a big body of water that it gives the hurricanes enough time to grow very large. I don't really know what you mean by vulnerable. Other countries could be hit by smaller hurricanes but may not have the resources to rebuild in the same way America dos so i suppose you could say they're more vulnerable.
- sparrowLv 71 month ago
Isn't it obvious. They have a large southern and eastern coast that happens to be in
- οικοςLv 72 months ago
Look at the paths taken by previous hurricanes and tropical storms. They start in the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and head west, then travel away from the Equator. This spares places like the Pacific Coast of the USA (they have their own problems). After travelling toward the nearer pole, the storm recurves. In the USA, that means curving northeasterly, then easterly. As the storm passes over land or cold water, the storm loses power and gradually gets demoted from hurricane to tropical storm to tropical depression.
- SlowfingerLv 62 months ago
Two main factors:
1) proximity of big bodies of warm water like the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Those warm seas feed the hurricanes. Normally, an ocean temperature of 26.5 °C (79.7 °F) spanning through at least a 50-metre depth is considered the minimum to maintain a tropical cyclone. These warm waters are needed to maintain the warm core that fuels tropical systems. This value is well above 16.1 °C (60.9 °F), the global average surface temperature of the oceans.
2) mostly flat eastern and southern coast - there are no high mountain ranges that could prevent the storms from entering the interior.
In the future, hurricanes could threaten Western Europe as well. Today, Atlantic hurricanes generally do not form east of the 30th meridian west, and those that do typically continue to the west.
In a paper published in April 2013, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute predicted that by the year 2100, global warming would greatly increase the threat of hurricane-force winds to western Europe. The study suggested that conditions favorable for tropical cyclones would expand 1,100 km (700 mi) to the east. A separate study based out of University of Castile-La Mancha predicted that hurricanes would develop in the Mediterranean Sea in Septembers by the year 2100, which would threaten countries in southern Europe.
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- TQLv 72 months ago
Question contains too many misconceptions and errors to address and answer.
- ALv 72 months ago
The Atlantic Seaboard you listed is the EAST coast of the US.
Hurricanes feed on warm ocean waters; colder water temperatures cut off their fuel source and weaken the storms. While hurricanes are typically stifled before can reach California, hurricanes on the East Coast can venture much further north, thanks to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Mexico gets hammered by hurricanes quite badly some years but it only makes the news for a day or two unless 1000’s die.
In the Pacific Ocean they’re called cyclones but identical. India and the Philippines get hit badly. But again the news rarely reports much unless the death toll is large.