|That's Harvey from 3 days ago.|
The earliest date in the year for a hurricane in the Atlantic basin, was March 7, in 1908.
The strongest wind gust recorded in a hurricane was in 1996 with Tropical Cyclone Olivia, just before landfall in Australia. The winds were measured at 253 mph.
Hurricanes and tropical storms spin clockwise in the southern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere the storms spin counterclockwise.
The deadliest hurricane to hit the United States was in 1900, in Galveston, Texas. 8,000 people were killed.
The longest-lasting hurricane was in the Pacific Ocean. Hurricane John lasted 31 days in August and September 1994. It is known as both a hurricane and a typhoon because it moved through both the eastern and western parts of the Pacific Ocean.
In 2005 in New Orleans, the levees were designed for Category 3, but Katrina peaked at a Category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 175 mph.
The final death toll from Katrina was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). More than half of these victims were senior citizens.
- Click HERE to read POPULAR SCIENCE's article about how Harvey isn't over yet.
That's all for today.