As Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the U.S. Southeast coast, take our quiz to find out how much you know about these destructive storms.
Matthew may be the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade—a record length of time.
Matthew began as a tropical depression—basically, a windy rainstorm—at the southeastern edge of the Caribbean Sea on September 28. Then the storm underwent what meteorologist Jeff Masters describes as “jaw-dropping” strengthening by October 1, when its strongest winds briefly reached 160 mph.
The storm has already caused damage in Haiti this week, as it carves a path of destruction.