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Do You Know the Signs of an Incoming Hurricane?

Kelsey Tharp | Mar 23, 2021

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This blog post was updated on July 14, 2020.

Hurricanes and typhoons are names used to refer to the same type of tropical storm. The use of each name depends on where the event occurs. Hurricane references a storm that occurs in the Atlantic Ocean, and a typhoon is a name for a storm in the Northwest The Pacific Ocean.

No matter where you are traveling, and even if you are at home, if you are anywhere near the path of a hurricane or typhoon, it’s important to know what to expect.

Three Simple Signs a Hurricane is Coming

If you are traveling and have concerns about how a hurricane could affect your trip, you may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance.

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Heavy Rainfall

Rain begins falling around 18 hours ahead of the storm. It worsens as the hurricane gets closer to land. This can lead to flooding.

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Ocean Swells

About three days before the hurricane hits, ocean swells will rise to size feet, with waves hitting the shore every nin seconds. The waves will grow as the storm approaches.

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Increased Wind Speed

The wind speed will start around 11 mph and can increase to more than 100mph. This can lead to dangerous flying debris.


The word “hurricane comes from the word ”Taino.” This is a Native American term that means spirit of the winds.

Australian forecaster C. Wragge was the first person to name hurricanes in the 1900s.

Hurricanes are known as typhoons in the Pacific Ocean and tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean.

Some hurricanes can reach nearly 50,000 feet in the sky.



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The examples set forth herein are hypothetical and for informational and educational purposes only. They have no effect, legal or otherwise, on the insurance contracts that you have or may purchase. The terms and conditions of such insurance contracts are binding and are not revised, altered, or amended in any way by the information set forth herein.


Kelsey Tharp

About the Author

Kelsey Tharp was a former content marketing specialist with Seven Corners. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends and daydreaming about her next vacation. At home, she’s surrounded by her dog and three cats pretty much at all times.

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