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Why are hurricanes so common in the Caribbean?

Why are hurricanes so common in the Caribbean?

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Asked by E.Charles, Last updated: Nov 05, 2018

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K. Myers

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Answered on Nov 05, 2018

Hurricane occurs mostly in the Hurricane belt. Hurricane belt is a region the Atlantic Ocean that is greatly affected by hurricane. This region includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane needs warm water of the tropic regions to feed the storm with energy for the hurricane to form and that is why the drier the hurricane, the less damage it would cause to the affected area because the soil is not well saturated. The hurricane mostly occur around August - September with heavy rainfall and heavy winds.

Not all Caribbean Islands are always hit by hurricane. Islands like Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Providencia Island and San Andrés are not in the hurricane belt and are not often affected by hurricane.

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I. Woods

I. Woods

Answered on Jun 20, 2018

Hurricanes are most common in the hurricane belt, which is an area in the Atlantic Ocean. This area includes the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The only inhabited islands not in the hurricane belt are Barbados, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad, Tobago, Bonaire, Curacao, and Aruba.

Hurricanes form around areas of extremely low pressure over warm ocean waters, like those in the Caribbean. Most Caribbean hurricanes begin life as tropical waves or depressions over the eastern Atlantic and follow trade winds west, gathering strength and often reaching their peak of power in the Caribbean basin.

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