Hurricane safety tips, explained
These huge, churning storms can spell disaster. Here's what to do, and not to do, during a hurricane.
Feared for their lashing winds, torrential rains, and inundating storm surges, hurricanes are potentially lethal tempests that can leave extensive damage.
As an example, consider the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. That officially unnamed Category 4 hurricane claimed between 8,000 and 12,000 lives in Galveston, Texas, and remains the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.
Part of the tropical cyclone family, hurricanes occur in the North Atlantic Ocean and in the easternmost parts of the Northeast and South Pacific Ocean. Their sister storm, called the “typhoon,” is a tropical cyclone that occurs in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, west of the dateline.
Hurricanes pose the greatest threat to residents in coastal areas like Galveston because they form exclusively