1. A hurricane is an intense tropical storm with powerful winds and heavy rain. Other names for a hurricane include cyclone, typhoon and tropical storm.
2. The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind.
3. The man who first gave names to hurricanes was an Australian weather forecaster named C. Wragge in the early 1900s. Hurricanes are the only weather disasters that have been given their own names.
4. Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.
5. Hurricane season is from June to November when the seas are at their warmest and most humid, which are ripe conditions for a hurricane to develop.
6. Most people who die in hurricanes are killed by the towering walls of sea water that comes inland.
7. The planet Jupiter has a hurricane which has been going on for over 300 years. It can be seen as a red spot on the planet. This hurricane on Jupiter is bigger than the Earth itself.
8. Hurricanes are large enough to carry winds that travel for 160 miles per hour.
9. The deadliest hurricane is the category 4 hurricane that occurred in Texas and Galveston in the year 1990. 8000 people were found dead by the 15 foot waves which carried winds travelling for 130 miles per hour.
10. The year 2005 saw the most hurricanes ever to form in a single Atlantic season, with 15.
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