Hurricanes are one of nature’s greatest forces. With great strength comes great. . . All right, hurricanes have no responsibility. (Sorry, Spider-Man.)
But they leave interesting things behind. The uprooting of ancient artifacts and the liberation of the greatest alligator is just the beginning. The super storms also solve colds, sneak out of the internet with monsters and leave incredible survivors behind.
10 incredibly strange facts about hurricanes
10 Island hopping cows
Wild herds of horses and cattle live on Cedar Island. After Hurricane Dorian hit North Carolina in 2019, the locals decided to check the animal’s welfare. They were devastated and found that 17 cows and 28 horses were missing. Her worst fears were confirmed when the bodies of some horses began to wash ashore. The rest of the missing animals are also said to have drowned.
The Cape Lookout National Seashore is approximately 6 to 8 kilometers from Cedar Island. The distance is not paddle friendly. However, three of the missing cattle were found happily grazing on Cape Lookout.
How they made it to the island alive is a mystery. Even if the storm surge pulled them along, the fact that they survived being thrown into a brutal sea all the way is a miracle.
9 Civil War cannonballs
After hurricane Dorian left South Carolina, a couple combed the beach for tidbits. The Folly Beach area had delivered 16 cannonballs from the civil war after Hurricane Matthew swept through the region in 2016. The couple found two more cannonballs from the same war. At first, they confused the weathered artifacts with stones. On closer inspection, however, a complete cannonball and a partial shell were visible.
The authorities took the discovery seriously and cordoned off the area. The myth that all cannonballs are made of solid metal is dangerous. Some are live explosives because they contain gunpowder.
The two artifacts likely contained gunpowder since most of the Hurricane Michael batch did. Explosives experts took over both cases and the cannonballs were probably destroyed for security reasons.
8th Irma has closed a police case
In 2013 Rodelson Normil decided to go swimming in the sea. The 17-year-old was last seen near Gulfstream Park when a flood pulled him into the open sea. His body was never found. Four years later, hurricane Irma hit the area. Among the things that were pushed ashore by the storm was a human bone.
The femur was taken to a Texas laboratory for identification. Knowing that Normil disappeared from the area, scientists extracted genetic material from his toothbrush and from his parents.
The DNA of his family and toothbrush matched the DNA of the bone, confirming that the teenager had not survived. The case was eventually closed as an “accidental drowning”.
7 Floating fire ant colonies
When Hurricane Florence rolled through the Carolinas in 2018, it brought severe flooding to several parts of the city. The water hid many dangers, including snakes and dilapidated power lines. But another threat hovered openly on the surface – colonies of ticked-off fire ants.
When a flood occurs, this species swims safely by clinging to a living raft. It consists of all ants, including their eggs, larvae and queen.
Although this strategy prevents the colony from drowning, the ants are quite vulnerable outdoors. That doesn’t make her a friend. The ants attack anyone who touches them.
The incredibly painful sting earned them the name “fire ants”. In fact, the rafts to Florence looked like harmless debris. But they posed a very real threat to rescue workers and people moving through the water.
6 New evidence of historical explosion
In 1816, the U.S. Navy attacked a fortress in Florida. 320 people lived in the fortress, mainly Indians and former African-American slaves. The community refused to surrender and a weeklong struggle ensued.
In a devastating moment, a shot from the Navy hit the fortress’s ammunition depot. 270 people died in the explosion. The survivors later succumbed to the injuries caused by the explosion and the soldiers who stormed the fort.
In the following years the location was renamed Fort Gadsden. Vegetation arose everywhere. In 2019, hurricane Michael fell around 100 trees. When archaeologists returned to assess the damage, they discovered fresh artifacts from that terrible day.
There was ammunition from the depot, including musket balls, in the root balls of the trees. Apparently the trees grew over the devastation over time, pushing the objects deeper into the ground and keeping them out of sight until Michael tore their roots from the earth.
5 Imelda liberated America’s largest alligator
Technically, Imelda was a tropical storm. If the storm had been a bit stronger, it would have been classified as a hurricane. But nobody in Gator Country cared about the somewhat reduced status of the storm. When Imelda reached her alligator sanctuary in Texas, the reality was terrifying.
Imelda arrived in 2019 and dropped 109 centimeters of rain on the Beaumont facility. The flood rose over the fences that the alligators kept in their stables.
When the water returned, many alligators were missing – including Big Tex. At 4.3 meters tall and weighing 454 kilograms, it was the largest alligator ever caught in America.
Fortunately for the pets in the neighborhood, the alligator was found and returned to the sanctuary within a few days. The reptile was also lucky. He had escaped alligator hunting during the high season.
4th Miracle the dog
Hurricane Dorian (known as island hopping) also destroyed the Bahamas. This time the storm devastated pets along with their homes. Animal welfare organizations saved all dogs they could find. But as the weeks passed, it also hoped that more pets would be found alive under the rubble.
One organization, the Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Palm Beach County, refused to give up. They used drones to search the worst affected areas and hard to reach places. So they noticed a dog trapped in an air conditioner in Marsh Harbor. Incredibly, although he hadn’t eaten for almost four weeks, he was still alive.
The emaciated pet became the 138th dog saved by the group and was aptly named Miracle. He recovered from the Big Dog Ranch for a few weeks. After Miracle put some fat on his bones, the brave puppy was released for adoption.
3rd Hurricane Harvey’s monster
Texas endured Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Shortly after the storm, science communicator Preeti Desai walked the beach and found a creature that Harvey had pulled out of the sea.
The animal was already decomposing, which is why Desai could not immediately identify it. But with the serpentine body and the jaws lined with fangs, it looked like the proverbial sea monster.
The Internet became a monkey. The animal became famous among the cryptids, but the experts agreed that Desai had found an eel. The way was a mystery. Desai had photographed the creature but left her body behind.
When DNA tests were performed, the carcass was matched to known eel species based on the length of its body and scary teeth. Suspects for Harvey’s monsters include the Fang Snake Eel, the Tusk Eel, and the Spotted Spoon Eel.
2nd Ophelia’s strange red sky
Former hurricane Ophelia pulled a number against Ireland in 2017. While the damage was remarkable, the most memorable moment occurred after the storm. In the UK the sky was no longer blue. Instead, the atmosphere glowed red.
On the way to Ireland, Ophelia shoveled sand from the Sahara. This granular cloud was so large that it disturbed the physics of the atmosphere. Dust in particular has mixed up the color blue.
Every wave of blue was reflected in the sky, while red waves were transmitted. This filter “desert in the sky” caused a hazy redness that lasted at least one day.
1 Houses in the air
The horror known as Hurricane Sandy landed in 2012. The Jersey Shore was among the locations flooded by the superstorm. Countless properties have been damaged or destroyed by the water. The community reacted in an unusual way. Instead of moving to a safer place, many residents simply lifted their homes higher in the air.
A few years after Sandy, the neighborhood changed forever. Some houses are on the ground below, while the rest are high in the sky. Their elevated garages cannot be used, and their porches (steps and everything) now look more like strange balconies.
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