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Author(s) : Andy Byatt

Director(s) : John Jackson and Andy Byatt

Year : 2014

Producer(s) : Saint Thomas Production, Climax Films, TS Productions, Kizmar Films

Running time : 3 x 52mn

Format : HD 3D

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Hurricanes are the strongest storms on earth.

Many begin as harmless breezes from Northern Africa; inoffensive winds that gradually move westwards over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, gathering energy from the warm seawater, building in strength and gradually forming the unmistakable spiral of extreme winds and thunderstorms that characterize hurricanes.

Shot entirely in 3D, this three-part series has been produced over a three-year period, with crews standing in the path of hurricane landfalls, such as Sandy and Isaac, to witness the devastation wreaked by one of the most powerful forces on earth.


While humans try to predict the future, the natural world has evolved over millions of years to deal with the strongest storms on earth as and when they arrive. Some run; others hide. This episode looks at varying strategies used by plants and animals that live in the hurricane zone and how they cope with the annual onslaught. From robust crocodiles, to fragile flamingos and delicate tropical shrimp; many species have found ingenious ways of dealing with the threat of hurricanes. The film reveals that hurricanes can by turn be both beneficial and harmful to individuals but, ultimately, at the level of populations, the deadly power of these storms provides new opportunities for life.

Director biographies

Andy Byatt is a series producer and director whose fascination with the natural world enabled an award-winning film career, including 20 years working for the BBC Natural History Unit. Specialising in the underwater realm, he was a key player in the BBC’s landmarks “The Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth”. He left the BBC in 2007 to take his young family sailing across the Caribbean, on a two-year voyage so that they could discover the magic of the ocean for themselves. Since 2009 Andy has been specialising in 3D feature and television production through his company Amberjack Films.

John Jackson is a Director DOP who studied at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara before working in LA with the renowned Jacque Yves Cousteau or “Captain Planet” as he was then known. He stayed with Captain Cousteau, working on the Calypso and his other boats for more than 12 years as a full time DOP/Director. He then naturally moved on to work with Discovery, the BBC and National Geographic; making many prize winning scientific, history and extreme adventure documentary films. He is presently co-directing with Andy Byatt the 3 x 52 minute series on Hurricanes for 3D Net and Arte.