A hurricane begins innocently enough in the ocean, in water so warm that it clocks in warmer than 80 degrees up to 150 feet down. Add in a warm breeze that skims the top of the water and begins to transform it into water vapor. That vapor rises into the air, carried by tropical winds. A tropical disturbance occurs when that water vapor condenses into a cyclical cloud. From there, a complicated process of heating and cooling forces these clouds and the wind carrying them to spawn thunderstorms and fierce winds. If the conditions are right, that simple patch of warm ocean water can hit land as the most powerful storm on Earth, a hurricane. Though hurricanes can only form in a select area of the planet, the Southeastern United States is right in that path. These massive tropical storms have been ravaging the east coast of the US since the country’s creation. Here, for your consideration, are some of the most destructive hurricane that have made landfall in the United States of America.
10. Hurricane Charley
The strongest hurricane to hit American shores since 1992, 2004’s Hurricane Charley smashed into Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, continuing across central Florida. Even in Orlando, gusts reached above 100 miles an hour. Not to be discouraged, Charley eventually turned into a severe tornado that hit Daytona Beach causing serious havoc. By the time it was said and done, Charley cost the taxpayers $15 billion and killed around 10 United States citizens.
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