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Hurricane Facts and Trivia

In 1900 the deadliest hurricane in United States history took more than 6,000 lives in which coastal city?

Galveston, Texas Waves 15 feet high crashed into the Jewel of Texas on September 8 , 1900 completely destroying most of the city. The Galveston hurricane is considered the deadliest natural disaster of any kind in United States history.

In which year did the National Weather Service first use male names as well as female names to identify hurricanes?  1979


U.S. meteorologists serving in World War II (1939-1945) informally named tropical storms and hurricanes after their wives or girlfriends. Beginning in 1953 the U.S. Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) formalized the practice of identifying hurricanes with female names. Since 1979 the National Weather Service has used lists of alternating male and female names to identify particular tropical storms and hurricanes each year.


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