Storm destruction is divided into three categories: wind damage, storm surge, and flooding. The Saffir-Simpson Scale is used to measure the size of a hurricane. There have been many destructive storms in recent history. Some of these are:
1900 - 6,000 people killed on Galveston Island, Texas Damage from Texas
1960 - Hurricane Donna headed toward North Carolina
1969 - Hurricane Camille had almost the strongest storm surge ever. It has 200 mph winds.
1974 - Hurricane Fifi attacked Honduras killing about 8,000 people.
1975 - Typhoon Nina in China killed 100,000 people with its flooding.
1997 - Typhoon Linda killed 600 in Vietnam
Hurricane David in Puerto Rico killed 4,000
1999 - Hurricane Floyd hit North Carolina and caused more than $6 billion in damages
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