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Hurricane Facts

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Hurricanes are undeniably one of nature’s most destructive forces. Over the years, scientific advances have helped us to better understand these dangerous storms. They’ve also allowed us to discover many interesting hurricane facts.

International humanitarian organization, Operation Blessing, specializes in disaster relief as one of our core pillars of humanitarian aid. Headquartered on the U.S. East Coast, Operation Blessing has responded to many hurricane impacts in the U.S. and around the world. Over the years we’ve become experts on hurricane relief. To help you be informed, we’ve collected some fascinating hurricane facts for you. The following page includes details on hurricane size, historical hurricanes, and other unique tidbits about these powerful storms. We hope these hurricane facts help to answer many of the common questions you might have.

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Florida Leads the United States in Number of Hurricanes

Due to the proximity to the equator, The Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has experienced the most hurricanes—with well over 100 storms hitting this state since hurricane information has been officially recorded.

The Most Active Hurricane Season

2005 marked the most active recorded hurricane season with over 25 named storms including Hurricane Katrina. This was also the year with the most category 5 storms, making this active hurricane season highly destructive.

Eye Wall of the Hurricane

The area right outside the calm eye of the hurricane, known as the eye wall, is the strongest part of the storm due to a dense wall of clouds that surrounds it.

A Hurricane Makes Landfall

A hurricane is said to make landfall when the center of the storm touches land, not just the outside bands.

Hurricanes Can Be Huge

Hurricanes average 300 miles in width, allowing them an unprecedented path of destruction when they strike. The sheer scale of these storms is the reason they can devastate whole cities when they hit.

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You Say Hurricane…I say Cyclone

The names hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon can seem confusing, but they refer to the same basic meteorological phenomena. Many hurricane facts could also be referred to as typhoon facts or Cyclone facts. They are the varying names given to powerful tropical storms occurring in different parts of the world.

  • Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Typhoons occur in the Pacific Ocean
  • Cyclones occur in the Indian Ocean

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Hurricanes or cyclones are moisture machines, drawing a huge storm surge onto land as well as dumping mountains of precipitation. The record for most rainfall of any recorded storm goes to Tropical Cyclone Hyacinthe in 1980.

Can You Say Trillions?

A Hurricane can potentially dump trillions (yes, that is with a t) of gallons of water onto an area. It is this massive transfer of moisture that often causes the most damage and casualties. The impact of this kind of precipitation cuts off roads and points of access. Naturally, this isolates people and creates a situation where they’re unable to evacuate dangerous flooded areas. Such was the case with Hurricane Katrina, putting thousands of people in danger as water levels rose.

Hurricane Question and Answer

Looking for more hurricane facts or information? Check out our Hurricane questions and answers page.

Also, learn more about Operation Blessing’s disaster relief efforts and how you can get involved in helping the hurting during some of life’s most difficult times!

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