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All Abstracts > Statistical Abstract of the United States > 2000 Edition > Geography and Environment > Tornadoes, Floods, Tropical Storms, and Lightning
Table 405

Tornadoes, Floods, Tropical Storms, and Lightning

Hurricane/Typhoon: A warm-core tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind (using the U.S. 1-minute average) is 64 kt (74 mph or 119 km/hr) or more. The term hurricane is used for Northern Hemisphere cyclones east of the International Dateline to the Greenwich Meridian. The term ty  Read more...
Tornadoes, Floods, Tropical Storms, and Lightning                             
Floods And Flash FloodsLives Lost1316855517811112719321012512182841552041261669470318514261621039180131117(NA)4
North Atlantic Tropical Storms And Hurricanes1Direct Deaths On Us Mainland(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)40362220022430906561017269382933423
Number Of Hurricanes Reaching U.S. Mainland(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)41031001162113011102213
Property Loss In Us2(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)44,000178597,670571,50026,500579733,7293,6001007,299
Total Direct Deaths From Tropical Storms And Hurricanes(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4(NA)4935508412317282731,1751211384(NA)4
Lives LostMost In A Single TornadoTornadoes, Number326586734952216425510316183305212917127226527(NA)4
TotalTornadoes, Number372156278736160444353842824643412294155932505339393369302567(NA)4
Property Loss Of $500,000 And OverTornadoes, Number38889998899999999989988888888(NA)4
Tornado DaysTornadoes, Number3171192194206184204169189173186176175182190166168168151156160181179195186199178196196(NA)4
Tornadoes, Number36538887411,1029479208358527888528667831,0469319076847646567028561,1331,1321,2981,1761,0821,2351,1701,148(NA)4
1 Source: National Hurricane Center, Coral Gables, FL, unpublished data. Tropical storms have maximum winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour; hurricanes have maximum winds of 74 miles per hour or higher.
2 (Millions of dollars)
3 A violent, rotating column of air descending from a cumulonimbus cloud in the form of a tubular- or funnel-shaped cloud, usually characterized by movements along a narrow path and wind speeds from 100 to over 300 miles per hour. Also known as a "twister" or waterspout.
4 Not available.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1966-1980, Climatological Data: National Summary, monthly with annual summary; thereafter, Storm Data, annual issue.


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