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					Hurricane Hazel
   October 15, 1954
                         Introduction

 Landfall just north of
  Myrtle Beach
 Category 4 Hurricane
 Areas affected included:
     Haiti
     Bahamas
     Multiple States in the US
     Ontario
Hazard

     Winds up to 150 mph
     Storm surge of 18 feet
     Barometric pressure of
      27.67 inHg
     Between 7” and 12” of
      rainfall
     First major hurricane to
      strike South Carolina in
      over 50 years
                         System

 Minimal forecasting
    equipment
   Few warnings were given
   No evacuation ordered
   Canadians were
    uninformed of hurricane
    dangers
   Today, there are
    adequate evacuation
    plans for this area
Consequences

        Approximately 1,000
         dead in Haiti, 100 in
         Canada, and 95 in the US
        80% of waterfront
         buildings in Myrtle
         Beach destroyed
        $408 million in damage
        All but five of the 357
         buildings in Long Beach,
         SC were destroyed
                       Discussion

 Better forecasting
  techniques could have
  prevented fatalities
 The chance of a major
  hurricane hitting SC in
  the future is medium to
  high
 People living far inland
  need to be educated
  about hurricane safety
                          References

   http://www.weatherbook.com/images/hurricane3.jpg
   http://www.ec.gc.ca/Water/images/manage/floodgen/V.jpg
   http://www4.ncsu.edu/~nwsfo/storage/cases/19541015/
   http://www4.ncsu.edu/~nwsfo/storage/cases/19541015/track.1954
    1015.hazel.jpg
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=466888#Preparati
    ons
   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/history.shtml
   https://arcims.redcross.org/website/maps/images/SouthCarolina/
    ARC_SC_Links.html
   http://www.etobicokehistorical.com/photo19.jpg
   http://www.fleetstreetinvest.co.uk/oil/oil-weather-
    effects/~/media/Images/FreeELetters/GarryWriters/ArticleImages
    /Hurricane-Risk-Map.ashx

				
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