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When was the first hurricane?

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No one knows when the first hurricane took place. Christopher Columbus wrote the first record of a hurricane in 1494 when he described a storm that struck the island of Hispaniola. The first recorded hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland took place in August 1635.

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Hurricanes are tropical cyclones occurring in the North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific Oceans; similar storms in the Northwest Pacific are called typhoons. All tropical cyclones are large storm systems featuring strong winds and thunderstorms spiraling around strong low-pressure centers. Hurricanes cause major property damage and loss of human life but may help regulate regional and global climates by carrying heat from tropical regions to temperate zones.

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