Many of today's big hurricanes including Katrina are not formed in the deep tropics like other past legendary hurricanes, but much closer to the States.
When a hurricane is especially devastating, its name is permanently retired and another name replaces it.
Two hurricanes were named Alice in 1954. One in June and one in December.
The worst hurricane damage is often caused by a storm surge. A storm surge is like a giant wall of water pushed onshore by hurricane winds.
The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind.
Jupiter has a hurricane which has been going on for over 300 years. It can be seen as a red spot on the planet. This hurricane on Jupiter is bigger than the Earth itself.
The New England Hurricane of 1938 is reported to have the fastest forward speed for a hurricane at 70 mph. The forward speed for an average hurricane is less than 20 mph.
The most violent winds and heaviest rains take place in the eye wall, the ring of clouds and thunderstorms closely surrounding the eye.
The man who first gave names to hurricanes was an Australian weather forecaster named C. Wragge in the early 1900s.
The first time anyone flew into a hurricane happened in 1943 in the middle of World War II.