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10 things you didn't know about hurricanes

Oct. 20, 2010, 1:15 p.m.
Devastation caused by Galveston Hurricane of 1900

Photo: Associated Press

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Deadliest hurricane

The Hurricane of 1900 made landfall on Galveston, Texas, on Sept. 8, 1900. The Category 4 storm had estimated winds of 135 mph, and it is the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States, with 8,000 deaths officially reported.

The hurricane occurred before the practice of assigning official names to tropical cyclones, so it is referred to by a variety of names, including the Great Storm, the Hurricane of 1900, the Great Galveston Hurricane and the 1900 Storm.