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Children's LiteratureIn 1992, Hurricane Andrew blasted into the southern United States with wind gusts up to 175 miles per hour. By the time Andrew had exhausted itself over dry land it left 300,000 people homeless and more than $30 billion worth of damage. In a collection of essays by various authors, this book examines the powerful forces of hurricanes and their effects on human—and even pre-human history. The introduction gives a brief overview of the science of hurricanes and how these powerful storms are created. The essays cover several topics related to hurricanes, including how hurricanes are affected by global warming and how meteorologists are working to be able to predict hurricane strength in the future. Besides essays by modern writers, the book includes a letter by Alexander Hamilton to his father describing a hurricane that struck the Virgin Islands in 1772 and a first hand account of the Great Galveston hurricane of 1900. The essays were not compiled to persuade readers to adopt a specific opinion, and as such, different essays present different points of view. The concluding essay is a guide to hurricane preparedness by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. With a bibliography and an index, this compilation of essays offers advanced middle school students, high school and even college students a great resource when studying hurricanes throughout world history. This book is part of the "Great Disasters" series. 2004, Greenhaven Press/The Gale Group, Ages 12 up.