The Annals of Destructive Hurricanes

This, being the hurricane season, and the storms battering at full force, I decided to make a little post about it. In here, LiveScience details some of the famous hurricanes that have battered the Atlantic. Here is the list:

  • GALVESTON 1900
  • ATLANTIC-GULF 1919
  • MIAMI 1926
  • SAN FELIPE-OKEECHOBEE 1928
  • FLORIDA KEYS LABOR DAY 1935
  • NEW ENGLAND 1938
  • GREAT ATLANTIC 1944
  • CAROL AND EDNA 1954
  • HAZEL 1954
  • CONNIE AND DIANE 1955
  • AUDREY 1957
  • DONNA 1960
  • CAMILLE 1969
  • AGNES 1972
  • TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE 1979
  • ALICIA 1983
  • GILBERT 1988
  • HUGO 1989
  • ANDREW 1992
  • TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO 1994
  • OPAL 1995
  • MITCH 1998
  • FLOYD 1999
  • KEITH 2000
  • TROPICAL STORM ALLISON 2001
  • IRIS 2001
  • ISABEL 2003
  • CHARLEY 2004
  • FRANCES 2004
  • IVAN 2004
  • JEANNE 2004
  • DENNIS 2005
  • KATRINA 2005
  • RITA 2005
  • WILMA 2005 

A sample of the first entry, Galveston 1900, the deadliest hurricane in US history:

This killer weather system was first detected over the tropical Atlantic on August 27. While the history of the track and intensity is not fully known, the system reached Cuba as a tropical storm on September 3 and moved into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on the 5th. A general west-northwestward motion occurred over the Gulf accompanied by rapid intensification. By the time the storm reached the Texas coast south of Galveston late on September 8, it was a Category 4 hurricane. After landfall, the cyclone turned northward through the Great Plains. It became extratropical and turned east-northeastward on September 11, passing across the Great Lakes, New England, and southeastern Canada. It was last spotted over the north Atlantic on September 15.

This hurricane was the deadliest weather disaster in United States history. Storm tides of 8 to 15 ft inundated the whole of Galveston Island, as well as other portions of the nearby Texas coast. These tides were largely responsible for the 8,000 deaths (estimates range from 6,000 to 12,000) attributed to the storm. The damage to property was estimated at $30 million.

As for the forecast, Ike struck the Southern coast of US, while Josephine near Africa is regenarating. This and this are nice pages to get on to the current stuff. And I woul like to remind people of one thing when facing a hurricane. The wind of the hurricane may be dangerous, but the storm surge, which is like a huge wave/tide that floods the area, is the deadliest part of the phenomena. Stay away from the areas with surges.

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