Each year, an average of two hurricanes strike the United States, leaving death and destruction in their wake. According to Eric Jay Dolin, author of Furious skies: the five hundred year history of American hurricanes, these severe storms have caused billions of dollars in property damage and killed nearly 30,000 people since the late 1800s.

In addition to the scars they left on the landscape and the countless lives they affected, hurricanes also altered the vast cycle of history, including in these five unexpected ways.


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