If you’re anything like most of us, you find hurricanes horrifying and for good reason.
One of the worst natural disasters to occur whenever it strikes, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons.are just different names for the same force.
We should not only fear hurricanes but respect them because of the force at which they strike and the havoc they’re capable of creating.
Here are the top 10 hurricane facts you should know if you love/fear/respect them (from a distance!)
Top 10 Horrifying Facts About Hurricanes
1) Hurricanes + Tornadoes = A bad time
Due to the changes in air pressure, temperature, moisture and a whole combination of factors, hurricanes have been known to cause tornadoes when they reach land.
That takes the scale of scary situations up several notches. Imagine a tornado swirling around in already stormy winds.
2) Hurricanes in the sea
Most hurricanes actually occur out in the ocean. It’s only when they read the shore do we realize their destructive capabilities.
With swirling winds going up to speeds of over 320 kilometers per hour, the winds are strong enough to tear down buildings and uproot even the strongest trees.
3) 100-foot waves
Having 100-foot waves in the middle of the ocean is the norm, but can you imagine what a devastating effect it would have close to shore?
Hurricane Ivan caused a massive 90 feet wave off the Gulf Of Mexico, the most terrifying of its kind ever recorded.
4) Hurricanes kill marine life
When you imagine terrifying marine life, you picture a shark.
What if I told you that hurricanes even kill sharks? While it does not happen often, as sharks have acute sensory organs that warn them of impending dangers, marine life has been known to be killed by hurricanes.
Changing oxygen levels, turbulent surf conditions and more.
5) Nuclear bombs could destroy a hurricane
Luckily for us, this theory has never been tested.
However, hypothetically speaking, if you were to drop nuclear missiles into the eye of the storm, the changes in temperature, moisture and a disruption in the current would be enough to dissipate the hurricane. Again, in theory, but no thanks.
6) Rotation Fix
Hurricanes that occur south of the equator rotate clockwise and those that occur north of the equator rotate counter-clockwise. The Earths rotation causes an effect known as the Coriolis Force, which causes this behavior of hurricanes.
7) Storm Surge
When hurricanes reach a land body they create an effect which can only best be described as “storm surge”. It causes the seas to rush into the land causing large waves, and floods.
The surge can cause waves 6 meters high and can its effect can be seen for more than 150 kilometers from shore.
8) Big and Strong
Typhoon John (hurricanes are called different names based on where they are formed), is the longest occurring hurricane.
It lasted for more than a month and covered a distance of over seven thousand miles (it could have traveled across the breadth of the United States twice, just let that sink it).
While the biggest hurricane was Typhoon Tip which had a diameter of about 2,200 km. It occurred in 1979 in the North Pacific.
9) Come sway with me
In September of 1938, a powerful hurricane struck the cost of the United States. It was dubbed “The Long Island Express”.
It destroyed more than 25,000 vehicles, numerous buildings and even caused the Empire State Building to move with the wind.
You don’t even want to imagine the destruction the collapse of the Empire State Building would have caused.
Hurricanes are named by the WMO, the World Meteorological Organization.
They name each hurricane alphabetically (in reality they name tropical storms, which may then become hurricanes, but the names carry on), and they’re not allowed to use the same name for six years. Letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z are not used to name hurricanes.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our list of the 10 most horrifying facts about hurricanes. If you know of anymore interesting facts, please do let us know, well add them on here.