Do the worst hurricanes bear female names?
FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
Katrina, Hazel, Camille … all terrible hurricanes, and all female names. Someone asked me whether most of the worst storms had female names.
It’s not a fair question, really, since ALL hurricanes bore female names from 1954 to 1978.
But of the top 10 costliest hurricanes since then, four have had male names (Ike, Andrew, Ivan, Charley). Of the top 52 deadliest, only 18 were named. Of the seven since 1978, four had male names (Floyd, Alberto, Andrew and Ivan). For more on the deadliest and costliest hurricanes, click here.
(PHOTO: A Katrina casualty, one of 1,200 dead. Barbara Davidson, Dallas Morning News/Getty Images, 2005)