Jun 4, 2016

Tropical Storms Can Be Devastating and Deadly

Charleston, SC
USA
by
Tom Moore
,
Weather Wunderground
Tropical Rainfall Potential Is Related To The Forward Speed Of The Tropical Cyclone. Image: Weather Underground
Tropical Rainfall Potential Is Related To The Forward Speed Of The Tropical Cyclone. Image: Weather Underground

Over the Memorial Day Weekend even a seemingly innocuous tropical storm (Bonnie) dumped over 10 inches of flooding rain near Charleston, South Carolina...

The word "hurricane" can strike waves of fear and trepidation through many minds but much weaker tropical cyclones are capable of producing unbelievable amounts of destruction and loss of life.

Tropical storms, and even tropical depressions, can be prolific rain makers. You don't even have to reside in coastal areas to experience their impacts.

Flooding from rainfall has been responsible for more than half of all deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States since the 1970's according to the National Storm Damage Center.

They also stressed that flooding from tropical cyclones can occur hundreds of miles from the coast placing communities, which would not be affected by the strongest winds, in great danger