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The Sad Story of The Galveston Hurricane of 1900

We’ve spoken before on this blog about the unpredictable danger of hurricane storm surges. The best demonstration of the scale of destruction these surges can cause can be found in the story of the most deadly recorded hurricane in American history, The Galveston Hurricane of 1900. In 1900, the city of Galveston, Texas, which sits on an island off the state’s coast,…Read Full Article

What Hurricanes Were Like in Prehistoric Times

There are two specific conditions that must both be met in order for a hurricane to form. First, there must be “a weather disturbance, such as a thunderstorm, that pulls in warm surface air from all directions.” Second, there must be “water at the ocean’s surface that is at least 80° Fahrenheit (27° Celsius).” Based on these facts, it makes…Read Full Article

The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina is the third deadliest hurricane in US history, and the most costly. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s clear that the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, which bore the biggest brunt of the storm’s wrath, were inadequately prepared for such a large-scale weather event. So what, exactly, happened on August 29th, 2005, the day Katrina touched down –…Read Full Article

Record US Hurricane Drought Could End Any Minute

Right now in the USA, we’re in the middle of multiple different droughts in landfalling hurricanes. That means that statistically, we should be due for a major storm soon – and with more coastal development having cropped up in the United States than ever before, a weather event like that could spell out a major disaster for some of the…Read Full Article

Havoc in South Florida: The Great Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928

Florida’s location on a coastal peninsula has always made it vulnerable to hurricanes that blow in from the Caribbean. As a point of reference for how bad a Floridian storm can be, people often compare storms to 1992’s Hurricane Andrew, which killed 61 people and caused $26 billion of destruction. Few can recall the far worse hurricane that hit South…Read Full Article

The End of Our Lucky Streak: Hurricane Hermine Hits Florida

While Hurricane Hermine blew back out to sea earlier than anticipated earlier this month, causing damage to fewer coastal states than predicted, Florida did not escape unscathed. Finally, after 11 long years without being directly hit by a hurricane, Hermine came along and ended our lucky streak, especially in smaller coastal communities close to the Gulf, especially near Tampa and Tallahassee, which…Read Full Article

3 Lesser-Known Benefits of Hurricane-Proof Windows

Most homeowners know that it’s extremely important to install hurricane-proof windows in houses that are located in regions prone to extreme weather events. Hurricane-proof windows protect house interiors from the damage that can be incurred during bad storms by keeping water and debris out, even in winds that are high enough to classify the storm as a hurricane. What many…Read Full Article

3 Inexpensive Ways to Hurricane-Proof Your Home

If you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather events, you likely spend a good amount of time worrying about what damage might happen to your house if it is hit by a hurricane. While impact windows and doors are unquestionably the best investment you can make when it comes to hurricane-proofing your home, sometimes it’s just…Read Full Article

Building a Hurricane-Proof House? Here’s Some Advice.

Most of the time on this blog, we discuss ways to protect a house that has already been built from extreme weather events. For most of us, the strategies we use to increase our home’s stability are based on the premise of having to work with what you’ve got. However, more and more people are deciding to build their own…Read Full Article

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