Eye of the Storm--A Hurricane Quiz They can unleash winds up to 200 miles per hour. They can trigger devastating flash floods. They are hurricanes, and they are among the worlds deadliest and costliest natural disasters. See what you know about these bad boys (and girls) of the tropics. 1. In 1900 the deadliest hurricane in United States history took more than 6,000 lives in which coastal city? a) Charleston, South Carolina b) Tampa, Florida c) Galveston, Texas 2. In which year did the National Weather Service first use male names as well as female names to identify hurricanes? a) 1992 b) 1979 c) 1952 3. Whats the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? a) Theyre different regional names for the same kind of storm. b) A hurricane spins counterclockwise, while a typhoon spins clockwise. c) A typhoon is not as strong as a hurricane. 4. According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, a tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the cyclones maximum sustained wind speeds exceed: a) 68 miles per hour b) 74 miles per hour c) 95 miles per hour 5. In October 1998 a hurricane devastated Nicaragua and Honduras, leaving at least 11,000 people dead and more than 2 million people homeless. What was this hurricane called? a) Elena b) Gilbert c) Mitch 6. This hurricane, which destroyed tens of thousands of homes, was the most financially destructive hurricane (to date) in the history of the United States. a) Camille b) Andrew c) Hugo 7. A storm surge is: a) an electrical charge in the atmosphere that precedes the arrival of a hurricane. b) a sudden increase in atmospheric pressure within the eye of a hurricane. c) an abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane. 8. The eye of a hurricane is: a) an area of relatively calm winds and fair weather found at the center of a hurricane. b) the most destructive part of the hurricane. c) a mythical area of peace and calm found at the center of a hurricane. 9. Etymologists believe the word hurricane may have been derived from: a) hurry cane, a phrase used in the West Indies to describe the frenzied movement of sugarcane in the high winds of an advancing tropical storm. b) the Taíno god of storms, Hurakán. c) hurly-burly, a noisy and bustling activity. Answers posted on Wednesday of this week.