June 1 was the official beginning of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season but with some named storms already come and gone, it could be argued Mother Nature got a little bit of a head start.
So are you a hurricane expert?
Test you knowledge with this simple quiz: (answer key at bottom)
1. What was the last hurricane to hit Florida and what category was it when it made landfall?
2. What kind of storm was Sandy when it hit the northeast in October 2012?
3. What causes the most deaths during and after a hurricane?
4. How many hurricane evacuation zones does Palm Beach County have?
5. What three storm names were removed from the rotating list of names after the 2015 hurricane season?
6. Why are forecasters expecting a normal to slightly above normal hurricane season this year?
7. How much drinking water should you have in your preparation kit?
8. What hurricane in the Atlantic and Pacific holds the title of most intense?
9. What was the most deadly hurricane in U.S. history?
10. What category was 2005’s Hurricane Katrina at landfall?
1. Hurricane Wilma was a Category 3 when it made landfall on the west coast of Florida Oct. 24, 2005.
2. Sandy, after reaching Category 3 strength, weakened to a post-tropical low before making landfall northeast of Atlantic City on Oct. 29, 2012.
3. Storm surge, rain and surf, not wind, cause the most deaths during and after a hurricane. About 80 percent of deaths directly attributable to Atlantic tropical cyclones between 1963 and 2012 were water related.
4. Palm Beach County has five evacuation zones.
6. El Nino, which helps knock down Atlantic hurricanes, is on the way out, while La Nina, which is more storm-friendly has a 75 percent chance of emerging by fall.
7. You should have a gallon of drinking water per person, per day for one week.
8. Hurricane Patricia ended Hurricane Wilma’s reign as the most intense hurricane on record in October. Patricia, which reached wind speeds of more than 200 mph in the Pacific before hitting a rural area of Mexico, had a central pressure of 872 millibars. Wilma’s pressure was 882 millibars.
9. The 1900 Great Galveston Hurricane killed 8,000 people. Florida’s Okeechobee Hurricane in 1928 is ranked second, killing up to 3,000 people when a storm surge broke through a weak dike around Lake Okeechobee. (This is corrected from an earlier version that said the Okeechobee storm was the top killer)
10. Hurricane Katrina had weakened to a Category 3 storm with peak winds of 125 mph at landfall.