Hurricanes are the mightiest storms on Earth. They have capabilities beyond our knowledge and can cause greater destruction and use more energy than thousands of nuclear bombs. They have the potential to wash away entire cities, drown islands in their massive storm surge, and flood vast streches of land with inland rainfall caused by their remnants. The origin of the name "hurricane" came from natives in Mexico long ago. They would offer a sacrifice to their god "Huracan" (god of evil winds) to pacify him every day. One day, when they didn't offer a tribute to their god, a powerful storm struck their home, destroying everything in its wake. Hurricanes are also refered to as Typhoons, whose name comes from the greek word typhon and Chinese word dafeng, both meaning "great wind", and cyclones, whose name was defined by the British meteorologist Henry Piddington in 1848 from the greek word kykloun, meaning "revolving". They are amongst the costliest and deadliest disasters in the world, with as much as 81 billion in damage (Katrina), and over half a million deaths (1970). They are capable of producing storm tides as high as 40 feet (Cyclone Mahina, 1899), winds as high as 200 miles per hour, and can span over 1,000 miles(Typhoon Tip, 1979). They have been on this planet for centuries and we still haven't mastered the knowledge of all of the tricks they can pull. The greatest thing we can expect from these awesome forces of nature is the unexpected.