Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Natural Phenomenon - The effects of a hurricane on exotic fruit trees

We all still have the bitter after-flavor of the Hurricane Irene . It had devastating consequences in many places and one of the first places to be hit was Puerto Rico. It happened on 22nd of August, 2011 and at that time it was still a tropical storm.
Puerto Rico has a very strong hurricane building code, that's why the buildings don't get damaged much (they can sustain up to 150 km/hour), but the main things that suffer are vegetation and infrastructure. Apart from electricity lines and other things being destroyed, one of the most overwhelming damages is the fruit trees that are ruined by hurricanes.
During a hurricane constant gust shakes the trees. Heavy rains turn soil into mush, which makes it even easier for the wind to shake the tree trunk and create a hollow space around it consequently destroying the root system.
You can see it on the the pictures below, which were taken in Puerto Rico the next day after the Hurricane Irene.

The other times it's the branches of the trees that are getting torn by the winds of the hurricane.

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