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飓风伊莎贝尔来袭
2007-11-06 15:16:12
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In early September, a powerful storm came into being in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. In a matter of days, Hurricane Isabel’s angry, dark clouds and menacing eye were cause for alarm almost 2,000 miles away.
Although still far out at sea, Isabel was moving westward toward the United States, packing winds of at least 160 miles per hour. The violent mass of clouds, wind, and rain soon earned Isabel a hurricane’s most dangerous rating — Category 5.
There was no doubt as to the storm’s fury (剧烈). But where would it strike the Atlantic coast? To get the answer, weather experts turned to the daring, high-flying “Hurricane Hunters.”
The Hurricane Hunters are specially trained members of the US Air Force Reserve whose job is to fly airplanes into hurricanes. They help forecasters (天气预报员)at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Florida predict the paths of major storms. The predictions help officials decide whether to evacuate(疏散) people living in the storm’s path.
So, how do Hurricane Hunters journey into a storm? First, pilots use satellite images to locate the storm’s outer wall. The satellite photos show the size and shape of the storm but not its strength.
Once the plane reaches the edge of the storm, the craft levels off  (平稳飞行) at about 10,000 feet above the ocean. That’s when the real adventure begins.
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