These are five quick facts about hurricanes.
- Tropical cyclones spin counter-clockwise and because of this typically the right side of the tropical cyclone is the most intense with the right inner eye wall having the highest intensity levels and is the most dangerous part of a tropical cyclone.From his vantage point high above the earth in the International Space Station, Astronaut Ed Lu captured this broad view of Hurricane Isabel. The image, ISS007-E-14750, was taken with a 50 mm lens on a digital camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
- Christopher Columbus warned Nicholas de Ovando, the Governor of Hispanola at the time, of a hurricane in 1502. Columbus was not on good terms with the Governor at that point and the Governor not only ignored Columbus, but also refused Columbus shelter in Santo Domingo. 500 sailors were killed and 21 of 30 ships sunk.
- The most costly hurricane in history was hurricane Katrina August 25-30 2005, costing $105,840,000,000 US according to Wunderground. Katrina reached category 3 at its peak. The only other natural disaster that is more expensive than a hurricane is an earthquake with the most expensive natural disaster being an earthquake coupled with a Tsunami.
- The most recorded hurricanes in a single year in the Atlantic Ocean was 11 in 1995.
- The first hurricane that cost over a $1 billion was the category 3 hurricane Betsy in 1965 which killed 75 people and cost $1,420,500,000.
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