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Things You May Not Have Known about Hurricanes

  • Hurricanes are also referred to as tropical cyclones, and typhoons.

  • Hurricanes are accompanied by forceful winds and heavy downpour.

  • In 1495, Christopher Columbus penned the first account about a hurricane.

  • Hurricanes can extend up to 50,000 feet skywards.

  • Hurricanes have the ability to generate tornadoes, gigantic waves, and extensive flooding.

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  • Typically, hurricanes are in regard to tropical storms that originate in the Atlantic or Northeast Pacific.

  • Coastal zones are dangerously impacted by hurricanes.


  • The eye of a Hurricane represents the calm spherical area
    surrounded by soaring thunderstorms and extreme weather conditions.

  • Over the past 200 years, hurricanes have been the cause of approximately two million fatalities.

  • The 1992 Hurricane Andrew tore through an eighty foot weighty steel shaft and hurled it beyond a block’s distance.

  • The 1900 hurricane of Galveston Texas resulted in the deaths of 8,000 people – making it the lead killer US weather catastrophe of all time.

  • In 2005, Hurricane Katrina led to the death of more than 1800 individuals in the US with approximately $100 billion dollars in resulting property damage.

  • Hurricane Katrina’s devastating onslaught of New Orleans led to massive and unprecedented city flooding.

  • NY and NJ’s Hurricane Sandy impacted the insurance perspective for the area’s coastal regions, transforming them into a storm exposed zone.


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Summary: Hurricanes have generated extensive insurance claims over the years. Discover some lesser known facts about this form of tropical disturbance.


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