Priestly Mitchell

Personal Perspective #1:    What caught my attention about this particular art work is the reality of living in the beautiful panhandle of the Gulf of Mexico.  With the season just beginning, this will be my first full year living in Pensacola, Florida.  While reviewing the artwork, I found the picture seems to be trying to express the importance of how terrible the aftermaths of these storms can be.  About thirty six percent of hurricanes are formed in the Atlantic hit Florida.  The season begins in June and starts to fade out around the months of October and November.  Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.  A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring.  In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding.  When the winds from these storms reach 39 mph (34 kts), the cyclones are given names.  Years ago, an international committee developed names for Atlantic cyclones.  I believe the artwork was created to show how deadly these types of storms can become. Hurricane Hazel was the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm killed as many as 1,000 people in Haiti before striking the United States near the border between North and South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane. After causing 95 fatalities in the US, Hazel struck Canada as an extra tropical storm, raising the death toll by 81 people, mostly in Toronto. As a result of the high death toll and the damage Hazel caused, its name was retired from use for North Atlantic hurricanes. The art work shown is capturing one of the many powers of Mother Nature and that they are not to be taken lightly. Hurricanes can produce damaging surface winds and storm surges. While high winds cause significant structural and environmental damage, storm surges are frequently the most devastating element of a hurricane.  Hurricanes deliver massive downpours of rain.   Particularly large storm can dump dozens of inches of rain in just a day or two, much of it inland.  That amount of rain can create flooding, potentially devastating large areas in its path.  The picture captures how those who live in an area like that have to be careful.
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