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Hurricane Facts

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Hurricane Facts

By David Wilhite

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Hurricane Facts

There are two areas in the continental United States in which hurricanes occur: the Atlantic basin, which stretches along the Atlantic coastline from the Texas gulf to the upper tip of Maine; and the northeast Pacific basin. The official hurricane season in the Atlantic basin dates from June 1 to the end of November, with peak activity in September; although hurricane activity has been known to occur slightly out of season, typically during May and December. In the Pacific basin, hurricane season is a year-round event, with peak activity in February and March.

Hurricane-storm intensity is ranked on a scale ranging from minimal (little or no damage to area structures; minimal damage to signs, trees and shrubbery; and minimal flooding) to catastrophic (buildings extensively damaged or destroyed; trees uprooted; full evacuation of the affected area). Hurricanes have historically been given proper names since storms typically last a week or longer and more than one storm can occur at the same time. According to historians, the practice of giving proper names to hurricanes originated in the early 1900s by a weather forecaster who named the storms after politicians he disliked.

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