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Types of Severe Weather
By Somer, Ryan, Natasha, Amy, and Pam
 All thunderstorms make lightning, which can be
hotter than the sun (50,000 degrees F).
 Some have winds stronger than tornadoes, make
hail, and can cause floods.
 Most storms happen in the southeast.
 More than 1800 thunderstorms are happening at
any moment in the world.
 Most people are struck by lightning before or
after the rain starts. Most of the people struck
are men.
 Thunder and lightning happen at the same time,
but the light travels faster so you see it before
you hear the thunder
 Floods happen anytime there is too much water
and no place for it to go. For example, when it
rains very fast, snow melts fast, rivers overflow,
during hurricanes.
 They can happen any time of the year
 Some floods happen slowly over weeks. They are
called flash floods when they happen fast.
 Most people who die in floods die because they
try to drive their cars through flood waters.
 Flood waters can be strong enough to pick up
cars and houses and move them.
 Tornadoes are spinning columns of air that
come from thunderstorms to the ground.
 Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over
 Tornadoes are usually clear, but can turn
the color of the dirt or debris it picks up.
 They usually travel from southwest to
 They can be over 250 mph, measure using
Fujita Scale F0 (weakest)-F5 (strongest).
 They can happen any time of year, at any
time of day, but most happen in the spring
or summer between 3pm and 9pm.
 Hurricanes start over warm ocean waters.
 The category on the Saffir-Simpson scale tells you
how strong it is . A category 1 is the weakest and
a 5 is the strongest…over 155 miles per hour!
 A low category hurricane can cause more damage
if it moves slowly.
 The eye is at the center and is calm.
 Strong winds and lots of rain that can cause
terrible, expensive damage and flooding to land.
 Most hurricanes happen between June and
 SC has had several hurricanes hit the coast.
Hurricane Hugo destroyed the coast in 1989.
 A blizzard is a long snowstorm with strong
winds and lots of snow.
 It has to be 32 degrees F or below for
snow to reach ground.
 Blizzards can have freezing rain or sleet,
 The wind chill can make it feel even colder
than it actually is.
 Frost bite can damage your skin if you get
too cold.
Works Cited
 All pictures from Google images
 Weather facts from these websites
 http://
 Sound Clips from Microsoft Office (thunderstorm)
(Wizard of Oz)