Hurricane Matthew destroyed the south-east coast of the United States this week and caused a massive amount of destruction. At least 1,300 deaths were caused by this hurricane, which affected the Caribbean, the United States and Canada a little bit. This hurricane was the first one since 2007 to reach a Category Five, which means that it has winds over 252 km/h. That is more than two times faster than you drive on the highway! That is enough to completely destroy a house, or a very large building!
Hurricanes are massive storms that develop over the hot ocean. The hot ocean water 'fuels' the hurricane. They start out as tropical storms, which don't spin. Then they are named, such as Matthew, or Sandy. When a hurricane does a lot of damage, the name can't be used again. For example, they can't name a hurricane 'Katrina' anymore because that hurricane caused a lot of damage. Then, when the wind reaches about 120 km/h, they become a hurricane. There are five categories, one to five, five being the worst. A category one hurricane won't produce a lot of damage, while a category five will. Hurricane Matthew was a category five, the worst category of hurricane.