According to the National Hurricane Center, the greatest potential for loss of life during a hurricane is from a storm surge. A storm surge consists of water pushed towards a shoreline by the force of winds circulating around the storm.
Hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential of producing tornadoes, which only add to the destruction left behind from a storm. The National Hurricane Center says tornadoes are most likely to occur in the right-front quadrant of a hurricane. Tornadoes can also be found in outside rain bands and away from the eye of the hurricane.
Despite storm surges posing a direct threat on coastal communities, the National Hurricane Center reports more people have died from inland flooding from 1970-2000. While some may think the greatest rainfall dangers come with more powerful storms, some of the greatest rainfall amounts can occur from weaker storms that drift or stall in a certain area.
Hurricane-force winds have the potential to easily destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes. Debris such as signs, roofing material and small items left outside of buildings can be not only dangerous, but deadly as well.
Information source: NOAA