The name "hurricane" is derived from the aboriginal Caribes (indigenous peoples of the
West Indies at the time of the arrival of Christopher Columbus) expression for "evil spirit."
"Nature, at times, as we know her, is no saint."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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• Hurricane season lasts June 1 through November 30. It is rare, but hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic as early as March or as late as December.
• An average of 45 hurricanes emerge each year, with the majority of them fading to tropical storm status before reaching land.The strongest storms reaching land are generally during the months of September and October.
• The average life of a hurricane is 9 days.
• Hurricanes circulate counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere
•A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that have a sustained speed of 74 miles per hour or greater. They are classified into five categories ‑- a Category 5 storms bears winds above 155 miles per hour.
•A hurricane's eye ‑- the relatively calm center ‑- is usually 20 to 30 miles wide, and the rest of the storm can extend as many as 400 miles from it.
•Although there is always a risk, infectious diseases are rare after a hurricane. Non-life threatening illnesses such as gastrointestinal illness are common in areas where fresh water and electricity are unavailable, but exotic diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever are very unlikely even in extreme situations.
• An Australian forecaster is credited with providing the first-known hurricane names -- he named storms after unpopular political figures.
• In World War II, hurricanes were named after military meteorologists' girlfriends or wives. In 1979, men's names were included.
•In 1900, perhaps the most deadly hurricane to affect the U.S. hit Galveston, Texas, and took about 8,000 lives.
•Florida has had more hurricanes than any other state. Over 60 have touched down there since 1900.