The Power of Hurricanes; the Salt Sink Theory and Storm Shelters in Miami, Key West, Tampa and Cape Hatteras, NC

Tom Cartney
Jul 18, 2018 · Unlisted

Miami, Fl, Key West, Fl, Tampa, Fl and Cape Hatteras, NC are at the top of the list of cities that are most likely to experience a hurricane throughout the year. The people of Miami, Florida and Key West both have a 16% chance to look forward to; Cape Hatteras, NC comes in at 15% and Tampa, Florida at 11%. As hurricane season for the Eastern Pacific is between May 15 — November 30, citizens — and/or visitors — of these cities during hurricane months should be fully aware of the nearest safe rooms in the event of a hurricane. As some of us may just head out of the city, others refuse to run and chooses to stand their ground. For those who stay and protect themselves, in this article, you will find FEMA approved public storm shelters in which you and your family can take refuge and you can understand how important it is to find storm shelter.

The Power of Hurricanes

High speed winds with sever rain, hurricanes have the potential to cause billions of dollars in city damages. From ripping trees from out of the ground, destroying signs and knocking over power lines to moving entire buildings, hurricanes can definitely cause a mess. On a scale from 1 -5, hurricanes can categorize to reach wind speeds as excessive as 157 mph and even faster (category 5). Hurricane Jeanne caused $6.9 billion in damages(2004) reaching 121 mph wind speeds, which categorizes as a 3; Hurricane Dennis reached 149 mph winds (category 4), causing $5 billion in damages (2004); Hurricane Wilma reached 185 mph winds (category 5 (the most sever))causing $22.3 billion in damages (2015)and Hurricane Irma also reached 185 mph winds and incredibly caused $190 billion in damages(2017). In the midst of these damages, hundreds and even thousands of deaths resulted as well, with many others badly injured. Hurricane Irma accounted for 129 deaths in the U.S. (Associate Press, 2018), while Hurricane Jeanne, overwhelmingly, accounted for over 3,000 ( There is no secret that a hurricane can pack a lot power. So, when you’ve been warned by the news of an incoming hurricane, try not to take it lightly. Properly prepare yourself for the worst and it is possible.

The Salter Sink Theory

There is a theory for stopping the hurricane that a British marine biologist formulated called, Salter Sink. The biologist says that floating thousands of tyre-like rings in the tropical Atlantic and connecting them to giant tubes that suck warm surface water down into deeper water - which is then replaced by colder water from below - hurricane formation would be impossible (, 2018). As 2017 tops the list as the costliest hurricane season in history ($282 billion), surpassing the previous leader (2005), when Hurricane Katrina, Dennis, Cindy, Ophelia, Rita and Wilma all decided to show up, causing over $211 billion in damages, it would be only right to apply that Salter Sink theory, as September — the most active hurricane month in the Eastern Pacific — is on its way.

Preparing for a Hurricane by Packing an Emergency Disaster Kit

This article isn’t fixiated on the idea of preparing a kit for a hurricane. If you’d like a more details about emergency disaster kits, click here. However, for a basic list of items to include in your disaster kit, take a look at this:

Basic Items to Include in your Emergency Disaster Kit

  1. Food — canned (fruits, vegetables and meats)
  2. Vitamins
  3. Clothing — (rain gear, thermals, hat and gloves) and
  4. Camping gear — (sleeping bag and blankets)

You should always have an emergency kit prepared for the event of a hurricane, especially living in any of one of the four cities most likely to experience a hurricane. Download the American Red Cross App to your phone to receive alerts on all incoming hurricanes.

A List of Storm Shelters in the Four Cities Hit Most by Hurricanes

Now, when a hurricane warning is issued in your area, you can simply pack up your emergency kit, get the family together and head on over to any one of the following storm shelters:

Miami, Fl (43)

  • Amelia Earhart Elem — 5987 East 7th Ave
  • American Senior High — 18350 NW 67th Ave
  • Andover Middle School — 121 NE 207 Street
  • Barbara Goleman Senior High — 14100 NW 89th Ave
  • Bob Graham Education Center — 15901 NW 79th Ave
  • Bowman Ashe Elementary — 6601 SW 152nd Ave
  • Carol City Senior High — 3301 Miami Gardens Drive
  • Central Senior High — 1781 NW 95th Street
  • Coral Park Senior High — 8865 SW 16th Street
  • Country Club Middle School — 18305 NW 75th Place
  • Darwin Fuchs (Sunshine) Pavilion — 10901 Coral Way
  • Eugenia Thomas Middle — 5950 NW 114th Ave
  • Felix Varela Senior High — 15255 SW 96th Street
  • G. Holmes Braddock Senior High — 3601 SW 147th Ave
  • Georgia Jones Middle School — 1331 NW 46th Street
  • Hammocks Middle School — 9889 Hammocks Blvd
  • Hialeah Gardens Middle — 11690 NW 92 Ave
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior — 11700 Hialeah Gardens Blvd
  • Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High — 7977 West 12th Ave
  • Hialeah Middle School — 6027 E 7th Ave
  • Hialeah Senior High — 251 East 47th Street
  • Highland Oaks Middle — 2375 NE 203rd Street
  • Hubert Sibley Middle — 255 NW 115th Street
  • Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School — 15735 SW 144th Street
  • Lakes Stevens Middle School — 18484 NW 48th Place
  • Linda Lentin Middle — 14312 NE 2nd Ct
  • Miami Edison Senior — 6161 NW 5th Ct
  • Miami Killian Senior High — 10655 SW 97th Ave
  • Miami Lakes Education Center — 5780 NW 158th Street
  • Miami Norland Senior — 1050 NW 195th Street
  • North Miami Beach Senior High — 1247 NE 167th Street
  • North Miami Middle — 700 NE 137 Street
  • North Miami Senior High — 13110 NE 8th Ave
  • Northwestern Senior High — 1100 NW 71st Street
  • Robert Morgan Senior High — 18180 SW 122nd Ave
  • Ronald Reagan Senior High — 8600 NW 107th Ave
  • Ruben Dario Middle — 350 NW 97th Ave
  • Shenandoah Middle — 1950 SW 19 Street
  • South Dade Middle — 291000 SW 194 Ave
  • South Dade Senior High — 28401 SW 167th Ave
  • South Miami Senior High — 6856 SW 53rd Street
  • Terra Environmental Senior High — 11005 SW 84th Street
  • W.R. Thomas — 13001 SW 26th Street

Key West, Fl (2)

  • Key West High School
  • Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition

Tampa, Fl (26)

  • Benito Middle School — 10101 Cross Creek Blvd
  • Bevis Elementary School — 5720 Osprey Ridge Drive
  • Pride Elementary School — 19241 Kinnan St
  • Middleton High School — 4801 N 22nd St
  • Memorial Middle School — 4702 N. Central Ave
  • Williams Middle Magnet School — 5020 N. 47th St
  • Crestwood Elementary School — 7824 N. Manhattan Ave
  • Sligh Middle Magnet School — 2011 E. Sligh Ave
  • Young Middle Magnet School — 1807 E. Martin Luther King Blvd
  • McKitrick Elementary School — 5503 Lutz-Lake Fern Road
  • Chiles Elementary School — 16541 W. Tampa Palms Blvd
  • Bryant Elementary School — 13910 Nine Eagles Dr.
  • Sickles High School — 7950 Gunn Highway
  • Wharton High School — 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
  • Jennings Middle School — 8799 Williams Road
  • Lake Magdalene Elementary School — 2002 Pine Lake Drive
  • Bowers Whitley Career Center — 13609 N. 22nd St.
  • Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church — 8020 Gunn Highway
  • Pizzo Elementary School — 11701 Bull Run Dr. Temple
  • Walker Elementary School — 8282 N. Mobley Road

Please bookmark this page, as it is critical to have a site to depend on to find safe rooms for you and your family in times of a hurricane. There is also another viable option for shelter — and used quite frequently — because it is a lot more personal and convenient, and that option is no other than buying your very own hurricane shelter. Home Depot, Lowes and Amazon are three popular sources for buying a storm shelter that can actually withstand the fast winds and heavy rains of a hurricane.



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