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CNN Wire Staff. (2010, June 1). Tropical storm leaves at least 115 dead in Central America. CNN World News. Retrieved from http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/05/31/honduras.storm.emergency/index.h tml

Over the past weekend, a huge tornado or tropical storm hit Central America. This storm was the first storm of the Pacific Hurricane season and its name is Agatha. The countries hit by Agatha include Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Out of all the countries mentioned, Guatemala was hit the hardest. There have been at least 92 deaths, 54 people missing and 59 individuals injured thus far. As a result of Agatha, there have been mudslides destroying homes, bridges have collapsed, and a giant sink hole. In regards to the giant sink hole, residents of Guatemala City stated that a three-story building and a home fell into it. Also, Agatha’s precipitation caused the levels of about nine rivers in Guatemala City to significantly rise.
The focus of this analysis will be on the possible physical structure of the tropical storm that hit Central America and the process that caused precipitation. In diameter, tropical cyclones can vary from compact to very wide. As mentioned in the textbook, they can range from 100 miles to 600 miles (Christopherson, 2007, p. 180). The tropical storm that hit three different countries in Central America seemed to have covered a few hundred miles. Therefore, I predict that the width of this tropical storm was around 300 miles. Next, inward curving clouds caused Agatha’s rain bands to form with the eye of the storm. These bands went around the thunderstorm clouds which are also known as the swirls of the eyewall. As a result, the eyewall produces the most powerful section of precipitation (Christopherson, 2007, p. 180). This process is a possibly triggered the precipitation that caused the levels of those nine rivers in Guatemala to…...

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