Saturday, August 1, 2009

Facts About Hurricanes

A hurricane is a fierce storm with strong winds rotating around a moving center of low atmospheric pressure.

Maximum wind speeds must be 73 miles per hour or more. Once winds go below 73 miles-per-hour, it is a tropical storm.

36% of all U.S. hurricanes hit Florida.

76% of Category 4 or higher hurricanes hit Florida or Texas.

Since 1900, just three Category 5 storms have hit the continental U.S. There have been 15 Category 4 storms in that time, including Hurricane Charley.

Hurricane Andrew. Southeast Florida, 1992. Category 5 storm cost about $34 billion.

Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st to November 30th, but the most activity is usually seen in August and September. 

Hurricanes may have a diameter of 400 to 500 miles (640-800 kilometers).

About 90 percent of the deaths that occur during hurricanes result from drowning in floods.

Hurricanes were first given names in the 19th century by Clement Wragge, an Australian weatherman. Nicknamed “Wet Wragge”, he named very violent storms after people he disliked.


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