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Hurricane Elena in the Gulf of Mexico
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Definition: Huracan is the origin of the word hurricane. According to the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters, the word hurricane comes from the Carib Indians of the West Indies, who called this storm a huracan. Spanish colonists modified the word to hurricane.

The American Meteorological Society defines the origin of the word hurricane as derived from ‘huracan’, a Taino and Carib god, or ‘hunraken’, the Mayan storm god. In fact, Mayan hieroglyphics show what may have been the first record of an Atlantic tropical cyclone. The Mayan people knew how to prevent storm damages – They lived inland.

Also Known As: Hurricane

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