The most dangerous natural phenomenon: What you need to know

William Woods Undergraduate

Radio stations and news feeds flood with word of record-breaking hurricanes that have torn through the Atlantic over the past few months, leaving paths of destruction across the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico. And as hurricane season presses on, we are caused to question how much we truly understand about these storms and the magnitude of power they carry with them. Bachelors in biology students at William Woods will take courses in environmental science and contemporary topics in biology where they may discuss natural disasters, the factors that contribute to such disasters and ecological effects of the aftermath.

Yet as we keep our eyes out for future hurricanes and storms and try to wrap our heads around the last, it is important to know some necessary details for understanding all aspects of hurricanes and the full impact they can have. Here are some facts you may not have known about one of the most dangerous and intense natural phenomenon in the world:

This infographic identifies key facts about hurricanes, a powerful natural force releasing as much energy as half a million atomic bombs in one day. These storms are referred to as hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons based on which ocean basin they occur in and are categorized on a 1-5 scale depending on the miles per hour of the wind speeds.

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