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Hurricanes: The Damage Left Behind



Hurricanes: The Damage Left Behind
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 10
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.42

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    hundred-thousands, hurricane-prone, matchsticks, over-saturated, inward-spiraling, costliest, error-proof, millibars, rushing, minimal, landfall, classify, impact, torrential, extensive, chaos
     content words:    United States, National Weather Service, Hurricane Camille


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Hurricanes: The Damage Left Behind
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     
A clear blue day, softly blowing breezes,
Sounds of laughter and playing feet;
Gentle sighs as people watch the beauty of summer go by,
Next day chaos, trees blowing sideways
Water rising, rushing down once quiet streets,
Houses and buildings that once stood tall,
Falling like matchsticks blown by a gentle breath;
Debris, scattered lives, all that is left to rebuild.

 
2     Long ago before weather satellites, it was difficult to warn people about hurricanes and other natural disasters. One day the sky could be blue and sunny; the next day, you could have a hurricane on your door step. Now meteorologists use technology to identify, monitor, and track hurricanes. This monitoring has become more important in recent years because more people are living and working in coastal areas.
 
3     Over fifty percent of our United States population live in coastal areas. The population in our coastal areas is expected to increase during the next decade. Satellites are used to monitor hurricanes after they have formed. These satellites then track the paths of these hurricanes before they make landfall. This is why we have hurricane watches and warnings. These watches and warnings have helped to save many lives over the years. However, the damage to buildings on land has dramatically increased during the last few decades.

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