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The Storm - By our Young Learners of English...

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

Cyclones - Emmanuel Maximus - Aged 14

Cyclones are storms which arise from the sea and gradually move towards land. All cyclones start as atmospheric disturbances over land and water. The 'life-cycle' of the cyclone follows the sequence below:


Depression - Deep depression

Low Pressure Area

Storm - Severe Storm

Dissipation / Dissolution

Cyclones are called by various names in different places. They are called hurricanes or tornadoes in the USA, the typhoon in Japan and the tempest in the UK. Cyclones are known for mass destruction. They cause numerous problems for people and governments. Properties and lives may be lost.

Now-a-days, the occurrences of cyclones are decreasing, but their strength is steadily increasing. For instance, the 1999 cyclone which hit Odisha's coastal villages, had wind speeds of up to 350 kms/hr and caused a damage of nearly 4.5 billion dollars. This cyclone was deemed as a super-cyclone. Many such cyclones have regularly hit various other parts of the world too.

Cyclones are very unpredictable. Even though we have a lot of ways to predict them, using forecast models such as GFS, ECMWF etc., they can move in weird and unforeseen paths, gather more winds and can either decrease or gain speed at any time. Cyclones cause havoc to human life, as many people are injured and even die because of these natural disasters. Thus cyclones are one of the worst natural disasters that cause irrevocable damage to man, material and other life forms. In spite of technological advances there is not much man can do to control nature's wrath.

Overall, it is seen that even though cyclones bring damage to many parts of the world, they also bring in much rain to dry and arid places and are therefore essential for life to go on.


Cyclone Nivar - Vinay - Aged 10

Nivar brought extremely heavy rainfall and winds between 120 and 130 km per hour, with gusts of upto 145 km per hour to South India during the month of November 2020. Nivar had brought with it heavy rain and strong winds to coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry,

When the storm came we had some disadvantages like when the gusty, harsh, howling, wind blew there was no power supply and therefore no light at night and it caused many problems. People living in low lying areas were affected by many diseases like dengue, malaria and other contagious diseases. At night I heard different sounds I asked my father what sound it was and he said that the frogs were croaking and that sound was really very irritating. When there was no current, there was no internet and in that situation I was not able to join online class. Without the internet I was not able to watch you tube and missed google... It was boring and I was simply roaming around my house.

But this storm made my family play with me games like carrom, chess and a few other board games. I also learnt a few facts such as - You should not scratch your eyes during storms due to the small dust particles in the wind that may enter and infect your eyes.


My First Cyclone - Katheryn Chris - Aged 12

Cyclones are natural disasters that are frequent and could be really dangerous. I have experienced a cyclone myself - the name of which is Nivar. Even though the cyclone did not affect my area much, I did get to experience the gusts of wind and the showers of rain. It was my first experience and I loved it.

Cyclones always arise from the sea, where it gathers moisture. Later, this moisture which was collected comes out in the form of rain. Cyclones have different names in various places. In the United States cyclones are called hurricanes or tornadoes. In the United Kingdom cyclones are called tempests.

Cyclones have disadvantages as well as a few advantages. The disadvantages are the

effects of the heavy winds and the associated flooding due to the rains which leads to loss of lives and property. Some of the advantages are that the rivers, lakes and ponds are filled and water is stored in these for the needs of the people throughout the year. Although the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, we will have to enjoy the advantages and forget about the disadvantages.


Tropical Storms - Ramya & Keerthika - Aged 9 & 13

Self Intro : This is Ramya .G & Keerthikha. G 👩🏻👩🏻

Hello everyone ... We are going to write a blog about storms

The points below will help you to know more about Storms.


Storms are natural disasters that affect areas near the sea coast . Symptoms shown for storm are heavy rain and strong blowing winds . Some safety measures that should be taken during storms are listed below.

Safety tips During Storm :

🌧️Keep your belongings safe in a locker

( Important certificates and documents)

🌧️Store enough food and medicines

🌧️ Avoid carrying umbrella ☔ during thunderstorms

🌧️ Avoid going to the terrace during storm

🌧️Wear warm clothes, Drink Hot Water, Eat healthy food

🌧️ Be careful while handling electronic objects

🌧️Avoid going out unnecessarily

🌧️Avoid using mobiles and television unnecessarily

🌧️Be safe inside your house

🌧️Kids and elder ones can avoid going out

The damage and disadvantages caused by storms are listed below.

🌪️ Breaking and uprooting of trees

🌪️ Network issues - phone, internet and cable

🌪️Spread of diseases

🌪️Stagnation of water and drainage

🌪️ Fall of buildings

Different storms that lashed the Indian coast over the past decade are listed below.

🌊Laila - May 17 2010 to May 21 2010

🌊Vardah - December 6 2016 to December 13 2016

🌊Gaja - November 10 2018 to November 19 2018

🌊 Nivar- November 23 2020 to November 27 2020

Conclusion 🔚

We hope that the above points helped you to know more about storms and the precautions you need to take during these tropical storms. Thank you for reading...


My experience during the storm - Jerlyn - Aged 10

Storm is the worst thing in the world. There was a lot of wind and too much rain. Due to this many houses were destroyed and three people died during the Nivar Storm. There also was no power supply and so there was no internet and I wasn't able to watch cartoons or animation movies. As there was no electricity, my mom and I played games like chess, carrom, ludo, snakes and ladders. My mother also told me some nice stories, so although it was difficult I thank God for giving me this amazing opportunity to be

happy even when everything around me was complete confusion.

Some of the bad things I felt during this storm were the frogs croaking. It was scary at night. Trees also fell because of the fast winds. Our banana tree has a small sapling that is 2 feet tall, and this small tree was pushed by the winds to one side. Luckily it rested on our neighbours wall and did not fully fall down. We raised it up and planted it once more, after the storm.

Well, storms are scary and cause a lot of trouble to people and so I don't like it very much.


Foehn storm - When spring comes in winter! by Xaver Fuhrer

Some people enjoy this storm, there are others who hate it. The Foehn has always polarized the people in the Alps. This warm wind brings extremely high temperatures especially in the winter months.

A Foehn is a downward wind that occurs in the lee (the side away from the wind).

On the windward side of the mountains - the side facing the wind - the air rises upwards, cloud formation and precipitation occurs.

Leeward meaning: The side facing away from the wind of mountains.

Windward meaning: The side that faces the wind.

Foehn often originates from the south. The wind presses against the south side of the Alps. The clouds pile up and causes rain or snow on the slopes. On the other hand, it is sunny and warm on the north side of the alps. There is also the north Foehn. In theory, north and south Foehn can never occur at the same time.

With the precipitation, the clouds dissolve, the now dry air sinks and moves as a warm fall wind through the alpine valleys. Sometimes the wind can blow at speeds of up to 150 km / hours. This fall wind is called a Foehn. The Foehn is usually accompanied by excellent visibility, which is why many holidaymakers like this wind. For skiers, however, it is extremely cumbersome, as temperatures of 18 or 19 plus degrees are sometimes reached in the middle of winter. This causes a rapid melting of snow which can be dangerous.

These warm and gusty winds occur in cold mountainous countries of the Mediterranean region in Europe. In different parts of the world, the winds go by other names. For example, in the Americas, they are called the Chinook winds, the Brookings Effects, the Santa Ana winds, and other names. In Asia, they go by Loo, Warm Braw, Wuhan, and others.

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