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55 Random Facts About Hurricanes
1. A single hurricane stirs up millions of miles of air and can dump more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day.
2. Hurricane-generated waves frequently toss tons of fish onto beaches. The eyes of many of the fish have popped out because of sudden changes in pressure.
3. Hurricanes produce enough energy in one day to run the lights of Las Vegas for many years.
4. Christopher Columbus wrote the first known report of a hurricane in 1495.
5. Hurricanes spin counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere
Hurricanes in the Southern Hemisphere spin in a clockwise direction. Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere turn counterclockwise.
6. The word “hurricane” comes from Hurican, a name for the god of evil on some islands in the Caribbean.
7. Ninety percent of all hurricane deaths result from storm surges, which can reach over 20 feet high and extend nearly 100 miles.
8. In 1900, a hurricane in Galveston, Texas, killed more than 8,000 people, making it the deadliest weather emergency in U.S. history.
9. Hurricanes kill more people than any other type of storm.
10. A hurricane on Jupiter has been raging for over 300 years and is bigger than the Earth.
11. The right side of a hurricane in the Northern Hemisphere is often stronger in terms of winds, tornadoes, and storm surge.
12. Five of the 10 most costly hurricanes in the U.S. have occurred since 1990.
13. Hurricanes have killed approximately 1.9 million people worldwide over the past 200 years.
14. The deadliest hurricane on record is the 1970 Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh, which killed between 150,000-300,000 people.
15. Most of the deadliest hurricanes have occurred in southeastern Asia and India due to flooding on low-lying, densely populated areas.
16. Hurricane Camille was the strongest hurricane by wind speed to hit the United States
17. A hurricane makes “landfall” when its center, not its edge, crosses the coastline.
18. The costliest hurricane worldwide is widely believed to be Hurricane Katrina, with overall damage estimates at over $100 billion.
19. With 210 mile-per-hour winds at landfall, Hurricane Camille (1969) is the strongest hurricane to strike land. Typhoon Tip (1979), which did not strike land, is considered to be the largest, with tropical storm-force winds 1,350 miles in diameter.
20. A hurricane can reach 40,000 to 50,000 feet up into the sky.
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