The first way to stay safe during a hailstorm is to find shelter as quickly as possible. The main threat from hail is an impact with the skull or other parts of the body. It is best to get inside of a building. An awning or other stable structure is good as well. It is important to stand only under a solid structure that can resist the force of the hail. It is not recommended to stand under trees or other (more…)
Atlantic hurricanes have been wreaking havoc on civilization since before New World settlers began keeping records of these events. If you find yourself worrying about the possibility of such a storm, you’re in good company. What follows is a list of the deadliest storms to have occurred since we began keeping track of such things.
Hurricane San Calixto II/The Great Hurricane of 1780: More than 27,500 people were killed when this 18th century storm tore through the Lesser Antilles during six days in October. It’s estimated that, when it passed through Barbados, winds surpassed 200 mph. Both the French and the English suffered significant military losses when many ships that had been fighting for control of the area were lost to the storm. The Great Hurricane of 1780 was the worst of three terrible storms that ripped through the Atlantic that month.
Hurricane Mitch: Since this storm occurred in contemporary times, the resulting death toll is far more accurate than the one that took place after the Great Hurricane. However, the two deadly storms were similar in nature. Winds escalated to 180 mph as the storm gathered Category 5 strength, and Hurricane Mitch eventually reached Central America, pouring almost 36 inches of rain down on Chluteca, Honduras and initiating flooding and landslides that resulted in more than 19,000 deaths. The storm caused catastrophic damage to infrastructure, leaving 3 million people without shelter. Although its power decreased as it moved inland, Hurricane Mitch wreaked havoc throughout Honduras and its national neighbors.
The Galveston Hurricane of 1900: Both Cuba and Texas took a hit as this deadly hurricane swung through the tropics and over the Gulf of Mexico. Texas got the worst of it after the hurricane gained strength over the gulf’s warm waters. The death toll in Texas was somewhere between 6,000 to 12,000 people, and the city was almost completely razed when the storm surge washed over the entire island of Galveston.
The Dominican Republic Hurricane of 1930: It killed between 2,000 and 8,000 people even as it destroyed the city of Santo Domingo on September 3. This nameless hurricane of the early 20th century made landfall as a Category 4 storm after crossing the Lesser Antilles.
Hurricane Flora: This Category 4 storm resulted in approximately 8,000 deaths when it passed through Haiti and Cuba in 1963. In addition to the human carnage, Hurricane Flora cost these islands billions of dollars in structural damage.
The 1776 Pointe–Pitre Hurricane: The storm, which occurred before the means to track and categorize hurricanes was made possible by technology, is estimated to have resulted in more than 6,000 deaths. Although it struck Guadeloupe, Antigua, Martinique, and Louisiana during its six-day trek, these fatalities all occurred in Guadeloupe. This storm was the deadliest Atlantic storm on record until, four years later, the Great Hurricane of 1780 came along.
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Locations and regions that are subject to more frequent bouts of severe weather vary from climate to climate. Learning more about the type of weather your region is most prone to, and what risks it may pose should there be a severe storm can be an important issue for many residents. From severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to flooding and hurricanes, learning more about any weather risks that could effect your home and family may not be a concern that you can afford to overlook. Proper preparation begins with basic education about the type (more…)
Individuals should be aware of the most destructive types of severe weather conditions and safety precautions. Different types of severe weather conditions occur in each geographic region. Individuals living near coastlines may occasionally have hurricane, tropical cyclone or typhoon weather events. This type of severe weather causes torrential rain and dangerously high winds. Rainfall occurs so quickly during a hurricane that high levels of flooding are common. During this type of storm, dangerous waves can develop in (more…)
Aside from the weather forecast, there are other reliable indicators that a storm is brewing. Here are a few tips to determine if a storm is on the way.
Animals have a superior insight on the imminent arrival of a storm. Cows will begin to huddle closely together. If a severe storm is approaching, they will bundle themselves even closer together. Birds begin to fly low because of the lowered air pressure.
People who are used to thunderstorms striking their area often become complacent and do not worry when storm warnings are issued. They believe that nothing bad can happen. However, safety experts warn that thunderstorms are unpredictable and have the potential to take a quick turn for the worse. Rather than be unprepared if a storm becomes tornadic, people, even those who have been through dozens of storms, should prepare for the worst when the warnings are issued.
The first step people may be advised to take includes packing (more…)
Hurricanes can cause major damages if homes are not protected from the storm. Before a hurricane hits, it would be better to take some steps and prepare your house for the storm.
The first step is to prepare the outside of the home. Start by making sure that the trees are trimmed to prevent the falling limbs from damaging the home. Tree limbs can cause expensive damage when they land on roofs or cars. Next, check the gutters on the house. They will need to be cleaned to prevent debris from clogging the gutters and drains. Clogged gutters can create (more…)
In March of 1993, a blizzard known as the Storm of the Century stretched from Canada all the way to Central America. Sadly, at least three hundred people lost their lives. Southern states received three feet of snow which shut them down for days. Incredibly, ten million people lost their electricity.
Known as the White Hurricane, this blizzard, powered by hurricane force winds, pummeled the Great Lakes region of the United States. When this storm hit in November of 1913, waves in the Great Lakes rose as high as thirty-five feet (more…)