| || On February 22, 1998, a force-4 tornado (with winds of 185 to 250 miles per hour, or 300 to 400 km per hour) finished its course in Osceola County, after having devastated three other counties in central Florida. Several hundred homes were destroyed in its whirlwind, and 38 people were killed. These meteorological phenomenons are frequent in this region of the North Atlantic but it seem that in the last decade, hurricanes are becoming more and more frequent. In 2004, during the months of August and September, the Caribean and the Southest of the United States were hit by a succession of 6 hurricanes of which 4 were particuliarly destructive : Chaarley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. In Haiti, the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere, Jeanne killed more than 2,400 people of which 1,200 in the city of Gonaïves (250,500 inhabitants. 90 % of the town was destroyed. The 2005 hurricane season on the North-Atlantic broke a record:15 hurricanes were reported and 4 were category 5 hurricanes. It's hurricane Katrina that was the most noteworthy. It hit the coast of the United States (Louisiana, Mississipi, Alabama). The death toll was 1,700, hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated et the cost of the damage is reaching 100 billion dollars. The overtopping and failure of floodwalls and dyke protecting the city of New Orleans flooded 80% of this city of half-a-million inhabitants.
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