10 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Hurricanes

The beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean starts at the beginning of June. The Atlantic is home to the hurricanes that eventually hit North America. Until the end of November, the East Coast and much of the Southeast has to prepare for potential storms that could be powerful enough to cause massive flooding or even uproot their home. In the last three years, we’ve seen just an average of five hurricanes per year, but we’ve already seen one spawn this year and there’s expected to be many more this time around. Here are some interesting facts about hurricanes that you probably didn’t know.

Comes From Mayan God

The one-legged Mayan god, Hurakan, summoned the Great Flood. His name is pronounced in the same way we say and spell “hurricane.”

Different Terms Around The World

Some refer to hurricanes as “typhoons,” and it’s essentially the same thing. To avoid confusion, meteorologists prefer to call them all tropical cyclones.