GULF HURRICANES AND THEIR EFFECTS ON THE TEXAS COAST

Louis W. Prentiss

Abstract


The word "hurricane" is derived through the Spanish from a word of the extinct Indian aborigines of Haiti, meaning "evil spirit". I do not know whether the Indians who gave this kind of a disturbance its name are extinct because of the "evil spirit", but I am sure that it is a fitting name. Since the time of Columbus, there are records of hurricanes which have caused destruction and death in the West Indies and areas of Central and North America.

Keywords


hurricane frequency of occurrence; Gulf of Mexico; hurricane impacts

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