The smallest tropical cyclone on record is 1998's Tropical Storm Marco with gale force winds extending out only 12 miles (19 km).
The most hurricanes ever seen in the Atlantic basin at one time is four. This happened twice: Once on Aug. 22, 1893, and then later from Sept. 25-27, 1998, with Georges, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl.
Since 1970, when worldwide satellite coverage began (and therefore tropical cyclones have been more reliably counted), China has been hit by more tropical cyclones than any other country, according to figures from the U.S. National Hurricane Center. (The United States ranks fifth.)
Forty percent of all hurricanes that hit the United States hit Florida (based on 1851-2009 statistics).
Unfortunate chance of big storms
Eighty-three percent of hurricanes of Category 4 or higher that have hit the United States have hit either Florida or Texas.
The longest-traveling storm in the records was John in the East Pacific basin in 1994. It traveled about 7,165 miles (13,280 km).
The longest-traveling storm in the Atlantic basin was Faith in 1966, which traveled about 6,850 miles (12,700 km).
John was also the longest-lasting storm on record, swirling for 31 days in August and September 1994. (It formed first as a hurricane in the Northeast Pacific, then moved to the Northwest Pacific and was renamed as a typhoon.)
Category 5 status (with winds greater than 157 mph, or 252 kph) is hard for tropical cyclones to maintain. The longest lasting Cat 5 was Nancy in the West Pacific in 1961. It stayed that strong for five days.
The most named storms (those that achieve tropical storm status or higher) ever to form in one season in the Atlantic basin was 28 during the 2005 season. Because the National Hurricane Center uses names from the alphabet for storms (and not every letter is represented) it ran out of names that year. The last six storms (following Hurricane Wilma) were named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon and finally, Tropical Storm Zeta, which formed Dec. 30 and lasted until Jan. 6, 2006. One of the 28 storms was a subtropical storm.
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