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TROPICAL STORMS

What is a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. Source: FEMA

What’s the farthest north that a major hurricane has ever hit the United States and what’s the latest U.S. major hurricane landfall?

Three major hurricanes have struck as far north as Massachusetts—Edna (1954), The 1938 Long Island Express, and Storm 6 in 1869. The latest in the season that a major hurricane has ever hit the United States was October 25, 1921 (the “Great Tampa Hurricane”) with Wilma on October 24, 2005 being the second-latest. Source: Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States Tropical Cyclones from 1851 to 2012.

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