Hurricane Myths Debunked

CHARLOTTE, NC — As Florence barrels toward the Carolinas, we’re discussing some of the tall tales you should ignore.

Hurricane myths can lead to misinformation, injury or worse. Here are some of the other big hurricane myths, according to Weather.com:

“Hurricanes are only a concern along the coast.”

Wrong: rainfall flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes are just some of the inland dangers.

Another myth: winds are the deadliest part of hurricanes.

Wrong: nine out of 10 U.S. deaths from hurricanes are from water. Storm surge specifically makes up 50 percent of those deaths.

And another myth: “It’s only a tropical storm.”

Fact: tropical storms, even tropical depressions, can be deadly and destructive.

2001’s Tropical Storm Allison cost $9 billion in damages.