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7 Surprising Hurricane Damage Facts You Didn't Know

two adults reading at a cafe coffee tableSevere storms, including tropical storms and hurricanes, can be severe and unpredictable, packing a powerful punch when they blow through towns.

Thanks to weather radar and other technology, meteorologists are able to better predict their weather patterns and paths, but sometimes they still form out of nowhere.

If a storm didn’t make your local headlines or live up to all the media’s hype, sometimes important facts and statistics get overlooked. Below, are seven hurricane damage facts that can help you better understand and prepare for future storms to come.

7 Hurricane Damage Facts to Know

Fact #1

The deadliest recorded U.S. hurricane was not in Florida! Galveston, Texas was hit by a Category 4 storm, on September 8, 1900, which had 15 foot waves, 130 mile per hour winds and took 8,000 lives.

Fact #2

Hurricane plans aren’t necessarily made only to help protect human lives, you can also make hurricane plans for your pets in the event of an impending hurricane. Over one-third of cat and dog owners already have a plan in place.

Fact #3

Hurricane season dates are different for each coast. The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st while the Pacific hurricane season starts on May 15th. However, both hurricane seasons end November 30th.

Fact #4

This may not be surprising, but Florida takes the brunt of hurricane season with 40% of hurricanes hitting the sunshine state.

Fact #5

In 1953, hurricanes were all given female names by the National Hurricane Center; this practice was short lived,ending in 1978.

Fact #6

The costliest U.S. hurricane was Category 5 Hurricane Katrina which hit Louisiana in 2005, with estimated damages totalling $108-160 billion.

Fact #7

Many shipwrecks, especially in the Bermuda Triangle which is known for disappearing ships, were caused by hurricanes.

Understanding & Prepping for Hurricane Damage

Hurricanes are powerful storms that can leave you, your belongings and your family devastated. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid hurricanes, only to prepare for them.

According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge, rainfall flooding, high surf, and deaths just offshore (within 50 nautical miles of the coast) combined for 88 percent of all deaths in the U.S. from hurricanes, tropical storms or tropical depressions from 1963 to 2012. - The Weather Channel

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