How to Survive a Hurricane

Hurricane Sandy

Once when I was young, my dad very seriously said to me, “Son, there’s a hurricane coming, and I’m not sure we will survive.” In a near panic, I ran to my mom and said, “Mom, Mom, did you hear there’s a hurricane coming?”

Shocked, she said, “Where did you hear that?” “Well, Dad told me,” I replied. She started laughing, “Oh, my, don’t worry about that Justin, your dad calls your Grandmother, “The Hurricane.”

As I grew older, I began to understand why Dad called his mother-in-law “The Hurricane.” While I love my grandmother to death, she does seem to have a, how shall I say it, turbulent air about her.

The family joke became even more strikingly comical when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Yep, that’s her name — Sandy.


By definition, a hurricane is a storm with a violent wind, in particular, a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean. That’s the simple answer. However, scientifically, a hurricane is a wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale (equal to or exceeding 64 knots or 74 mph).

SIDE NOTE: Listen, you crusty-old-men, I don’t want to hear about how you can also pass a wind of force 12 on the Beaufort scale. You just stay out of the comments section. Okay! We’ve got ladies her too!


When Hurricane Sandy hit, it became the second costliest hurricane of all time and the most deadly and destructive of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Sandy caused at least $75 billion dollars in damage and killed at least 233 people.

Of course, Hurricane Katrina was the most financially devastating natural disaster to hit the United States. It was also one of the five deadliest hurricanes of all time. In total, Katrina killed at least 1,245 people and caused an estimated $108 billion dollars in property damage. Ouch!


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