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The 6 deadliest hurricanes in US history

June 1 marked the start of hurricane season. Here's what to know about the deadliest hurricanes the US has ever endured.
Clouds associated with a major winter storm that is bringing wintry precipitation and chilly temperatures to the US South is seen in an image from NOAA's GOES-East satellite on February 11, 2014.

The US government shutdown is preventing scientists from improving forecasts for severe weather and navigational models

The US government shutdown hasn't impacted your weather forecast, NOAA officials say. But it might hurt experts' ability to improve storm forecasting.
Pyeongchang was one of the top trending queries for "where is" on Google search.

From Pyeongchang to Amazon headquarters, these are the top 10 places Americans were looking for in 2018, according to Google

Google took a look back on the trending people, topics, and places as part of its 2018 "Year in Search" series. Here are the results for "Where is..."

Natural disasters set records around the world in 2018. These were some of the worst.

Natural disasters killed thousands of people around the world in 2018, and some wildfires and hurricanes set records in the wake of their destruction.
East Island, located in the Pacific Ocean, has largely disappeared after being struck by Hurricane Walaka in early October.

An intense storm has wiped out a remote Hawaiian island, and it’s a sign of things to come

East Island is located 550 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. In October, the island was wiped off the map when Hurricane Walaka swept through it.

Devastating photos show Hurricane Michael’s damage in Mexico Beach, Florida, where the storm made landfall

Homes in Mexico Beach, Florida were destroyed and submerged in water after Hurricane Michael made landfall there on Wednesday afternoon. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said damage was "way worse than anybody ever anticipated." Here's what the Mexico Beach area looks like.
A tree lays on a home and car after hurricane Michael passed through the area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. The hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 storm.

Hurricane Michael weakens to a tropical storm on its way through central Georgia, and it is due to hit South Carolina

Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as the third-strongest hurricane to hit the US and the strongest in nearly 50 years. It was downgraded to a tropical storm early Thursday as it passed over Georgia and was due to enter South Carolina next. North Carolina and Virginia are also in its path.
Hurricane Irma churns across the Atlantic Ocean on September 5, 2017.

The 11 strongest hurricanes ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean, ranked by wind speed

To put big storms into perspective, here are 11 hurricanes that topped the charts as the strongest in the history of the Atlantic Ocean, based on wind speed.
Storm surge and waves from Hurricane Michael batter beachfront homes on October 10, 2018 in the Florida Panhandle community of Shell Point Beach.

Hurricane Michael is bringing a wall of water up to 14 feet high — here’s what a storm surge is and why it forms

A major threat posed by Hurricane Michael is flooding associated with the storm surge. A storm surge is when hurricanes or tropical storms push the water level way above the high tide line, flooding coastal communities.
Waffle House has closed 21 stores in Florida to prepare for Hurricane Michael.

21 Waffle House locations have closed in preparation for Hurricane Michael — here’s why that’s a bad sign

Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it's known for staying open during many natural disasters. Because of this, it has become an unofficial way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to track the severity of a natural disaster.