NOTE: Considering Hurricane Matthew from last week, this post is an odd coincidence. It's been planned for a year and happens to come after the storm's devastation.
Weather plays a factor in many disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc.) and in Hurricane Crimes, weather has a big role in the plot. Not only that, but it also contributes to the tone.
Extreme Weather Can:
Knock over trees
Rip off roofs
In Hurricane Crimes, Beth and Donovan are stuck in the middle of a category 5 hurricane. Category 5 hurricanes are the strongest hurricanes possible. They have winds that gust at 157 mph or higher. Is a category 6 possible? Scientists say no. There are several factors that limit how powerful a storm can become. 200 mph is the highest that hurricane winds can theoretically get, and category 5 storms are already rare.
Hurricane Crimes Excerpt:
She took a deep breath to brace herself and wrenched the knob. The instant the door was cracked open a gust of wind shoved its way through, yanking the door out of her grasp and slamming it into the wall. She stumbled back when the wind collided into her chest, knocking free the breath she had sucked in seconds before. Her hands groped for the slick doorknob and she had to use all of her strength to wrestle the door closed.
An invisible hand plastered her into the hard wood, grinding her spine into it. She pushed forward and pulled herself along the length of the concrete wall; she practically had to claw her way.
When she stepped beyond the wall, wind slashed at her and rain hit her like liquid bullets. Her maple hair flipped over her face, wrapped around her neck, and whipped her cheeks. Walking down the driveway was a war between the steep decline and the gusts eager to see her face-plant into the cement. She reached the bottom without toppling head over feet, waded through the water flooded at the foot of the driveway, and began to make her way to the wrecked car.
The sky above was a thick, whirling mass of gray clouds. It looked angry. Wet leaves and pine needles blanketed the road and water flooded the ditches, creating two rivers on either side of the black pavement. Pine trees were bending in every direction as the wind ordered, nearly snapping them in half.
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QUESTION: What forms of extreme weather have you experienced?