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    12 October, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Do You Know?

•  The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind.
• The first time anyone flew into a hurricane happened in 1943 in the middle of World War II.
• A tropical storm is classified as a hurricane once winds goes up to 74 miles per hour or higher.
• Hurricanes are the only weather disasters that have been given their own names.
• A typical hurricane can dump 6 inches to a foot of rain across a region.
• The most violent winds and heaviest rains take place in the eye wall, the ring of clouds and thunderstorms closely surrounding the eye.
• Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.
• Hurricanes can also produce tornadoes. They are not as strong as regular tornadoes and last only a few minutes.
• Slow moving hurricanes produce more rainfall and can cause more damage from flooding than faster-moving, more powerful hurricanes.
• Most people who die in hurricanes are killed by the towering walls of sea water that comes inland.
• In the Pacific Ocean, Hurricanes are generally known as typhoons.

In the Indian Ocean they are called tropical cyclones.
• The man who first gave names to hurricanes was an Australian weather forecaster named C. Wragge in the early 1900s.