Hurricane Force

Hurricane Force : In the Path of America's Deadliest Storms

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August 29, 2005
Peering through the latticed brickwork of The New Orleans police headquarters parking garage, New York Times journalist Joseph B. Treaster is watching the devastating power of a hurricane up close. Packing winds of 118 miles per hour, Hurricane Katrina is attacking New Orleans, uprooting trees, tearing down power lines, and flattening homes. Inside headquarters, phones are ringing off the hook as more and more people, trapped by the rising floodwaters, call for help. But rescue workers cannot leave the safety of the building until the hurricane has passed. From this harrowing vantage point, Treaster is poised to report on what may prove to be the most infamous storm in American history.
But as with all hurricanes, the story of this storm began weeks before, off the coast of North Africa. Treaster details the evolution of the storm as it unfolds in the sky above the Caribbean Sea and is anxiously tracked by the National Weather Bureau in Florida before it strikes. This is a complete behind-the-scenes account of one of nature's most terrifying and fascinating disasters.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 195.6 x 241.3 x 15.2mm | 612.36g
  • Kingfisher
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 0753460866
  • 9780753460863

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"[A] complete behind-the-scenes account of one of natures most terrifying and fascinating disasters." Midwest Book Review November 2007
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I\'ve never had to live through a hurricane. Living in the Midwest, I don\'t see it happening in the near future, and after reading HURRICANE FORCE I can say that I\'m glad! If you\'ve ever wondered about the destructive force of these massive storms, this is definitely the book for you. Although a large portion of the book focuses on the August 2005 arrival of Hurricane Katrina to the Gulf Coast, references are also made to hurricanes dating as far back as the early 1900\'s. Chapters are also spent on the work done by the National Weather Service in tracking, reporting, and identifying hurricanes, as well as how NWS strategies have changed over the years. Maps and photos of actual radar images are prevalent throughout the book, tracking the progress of well-known hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita, and Charley. Photos of horrific damage resulting from these hurricanes, especially that of Katrina, are also shown, making the devastation seem that much more personable. I would recommend HURRICANE FORCE to anyone interested in hurricanes, Katrina in particular, but also to those looking for more insight on how hurricanes form and what causes them to strike where they do. A highly informative book!show more
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