ESL BLUE(s)   The Hurricane: past tense forms   

The following is a description of what happens normally when a hurricane strikes a coastal area.
Imagine that a hurricane struck the Florida coast yesterday and you were there. Describe what happened.


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Put all the verbs in the past. Look at the examples:


The authorities warn the population about the hurricane's approach.
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The winds, light at first, begin to gust and blow.
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The residents take the necessary precautions.
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Many schools and businesses close early.
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Parents make sure...
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...that their kids are safe at home.
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Some people do some last-minute shopping for food and emergency supplies.
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Stores run out of things like candles, flashlights and batteries.
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Most people living on the coast leave their homes, preferring the safety of the inland evacuation centers.
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Heavy traffic creates huge bottlenecks on certain roads and bridges.
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The shelters are situated several miles from the coast.
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The shelters fill up very quickly.
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There people find food, shelter, warmth and human companionship.
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The evacuees don't feel very safe, however.
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Everybody stands anxiously around the television, waiting for news.
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When the hurricane finally hits the coast...
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...all hell breaks loose.
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Nobody can go onto the beaches because of the violence of the waves.
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In fact, anybody foolish enough to go outdoors runs the risk of injury or death from all the flying debris.
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Uprooted by the wind, huge trees fall down onto cars, trucks and even houses.
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It isn't safe anywhere, inside or outside.
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Lifted up by the hurricane, roofs literally fly off the tops of houses.
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The merciless wind does not discriminate, destroying everything in its path.
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For the people hiding in the shelter of their basements and boarded-up homes, there is only one option: patience.
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They must wait for the storm to unleash its fury and go away.
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