|Predicting the Unpredictable|
Part 5: Tropical Cyclone Facts
By Sar Perlman — August 2003
Deadliest: The death toll in the infamous Bangladesh Cyclone of 1970 has had several estimates, some wildly speculative, but it seems certain that at least 300,000 people died from the associated storm tide in the low-lying deltas.
largest damage caused by a tropical cyclone as estimated by monetary
amounts has been Hurricane Andrew (1992), as it struck the Bahamas,
Florida, and Louisiana. Total damage: $26.5 billion.
Hurricane Gilbert’s 888-mb maximum low pressure (estimated
from flight-level data) in mid-September 1988 is the most intense for
the Atlantic basin.
Highest Storm Surge:
In 1899 the Bathurst Bay Hurricane produced a 42-foot surge in
Bathurst Bay, Australia.
Longest Lasting: Hurricane/Typhoon John lasted 31 days as it traveled both the Northeast and Northwest Pacific basins during August and September 1994.
This article originally appeared in the July 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.