In 1772, Alexander Hamilton survived a hurricane in the Caribbean and wrote a letter about his ordeal. His vivid descriptions moved people to start a fund to move him to New York to get an education. He went on to become a Founding Father and greatly shaped our early nation.
In 2005, Houston was struck by Hurricane Rita, which resulted in 3.7m people evacuating the area. The evacuation caused a traffic jam that spanned 100 miles, lasted days, and killed dozens of people. Hurricane Rita then ended up changing course and only dealt Houston a glancing blow.
More than a hundred American and German sailors died in a naval confrontation in the Samoas in 1889, despite neither side firing a shot. The captains on both sides refused to show ‘weakness’ by taking steps to prepare for an oncoming hurricane.
Hurricanes in Australia were originally named after local politicians a weather man didn’t like.