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This is the story of the hurricane. From apocalyptic devastation in Central America to a frantic race against time in Miami, Pete Davies takes you as close to the storm as it's possible to go. He tracks the greatest hurricanes in history and takes you along for a wild ride as he recounts his experiences following and flying directly into the worst storms of 1999 with the scientists who do it for a living; he explores the science of why hurricanes occur and how to predict their onslaughts more accurately; and he describes the mounting panic of those frantically making preparations as 1999's biggest storm, Floyd, looms.
Floyd is a bone-shaking, gut-twisting roller coaster for Davies and the scientists he's flying with; their research plane is thrown about on the wind as if it were no more than a scrap of paper. But, worst of all, the storm brings wretched fear and horror to those who must endure it on the ground. The survivors are left with literally nothing but their lives amid a corpse-strewn wasteland of insanitary swamp and wreckage.
Going face to face with nature at its most violent, Inside the Hurricane is a gripping, frightening, and brilliantly instructive book about the deadliest storms known to man.
|1||At the Bayman Bay||3|
|3||Be Careful Out There||55|
|5||Painting by Numbers||104|
|8||The Tropical Update||221|
|Appendix 1||15 Most Deadly Atlantic Hurricanes||247|
|Appendix 2||15 Most Costly U.S. Hurricanes||248|
|Appendix 3||Forecast 2000||249|