Female-Named Hurricanes More Deadly But Less Feared

By Seth Borenstein | June 5, 2014

  • June 5, 2014 at 11:04 am
    SWFL Agent says:
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    Maybe they’re just using the wrong names. How about Nancy, Barbara, Dianne, or Hillary? They scare the heck out of me.

    • June 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm
      Cheetoh Mulligan says:
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      Or Solange.

    • June 10, 2014 at 3:11 pm
      Trust me I am not a liberal says:
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      TOUCHE!!!! That’s priceless!!!

  • June 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm
    producer #1 says:
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    “What’s in a name? that which we cal a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet” Shakespear.

    • June 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm
      producer #1 says:
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      oops. “That which we CALL a rose.” sorry for the type-o.

      • June 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm
        reality bites says:
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        …full of sound and fury, signifying nothing…

  • June 5, 2014 at 1:53 pm
    reality bites says:
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    Maybe we need to steal a page from SNL.

    Alex, Bobby, Chris, Dana, Evelyn, Francis, Gerry…right though to the classic Pat.

    Androgeny to the rescue.

  • June 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm
    InsGeek says:
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    “Nana”? Who would flee from “Nana”? I’m with SWFL Agent, no one in their right mind would stick around for Hillary.

  • June 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    Waste of money study IMO.

  • June 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm
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    Hurricane Nana? What’s next, Hurricane Memo? Who’s afraid of Granny? What an incredibly ridiculous study.

  • June 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    I just remember Hurricane David (a male name) being a really bad one so that name has been retired, never to have a hurricane named after me again.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_David

  • June 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm
    A name everyone would remember says:
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    How about “Holy S**t”?????

  • June 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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  • June 6, 2014 at 11:45 am
    EmpoftheEarth says:
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    What a piece of garbage article. Waste of my time. They spent money on this study? Uhh…look up Wikipedia folks…put it in excel and sort…wow…

    • June 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm
      But, EmpoftheEarth says:
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      You took even more time to post a comment here. wow…

    • June 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm
      Trust me I am not a liberal says:
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      If it was such a waste of your time, why did you read the entire article? Nothing better to do?

  • June 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    Libby says:
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    I found it interesting from a psychological perspective. Most of the storms were equal in damage, but female storms more deadly. That means people were more apt to act (evacuate, take precautions, etc.) in the event of a male-named storm because they instictively view them to be more violent. It does speak to how we relate to gender and also how something as simple as a name can cause a reaction in how people respond.

    But I do hope they didn’t pay a whole lot for the study. ;-)

  • June 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm
    It's About Time says:
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    I live in VA, right on the coast and have seen my share of hurricanes. The worst ones that I can remember have been female named storms..It seems that the Carolinas take the brunt of the storm for us here in VA. I know one thing for sure, I have witnessed the damage from a stong Catergory 2 storm, I won’t stick around for a strong 3 or above…no matter what they name it! :)

    Have a great day all!



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