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Female hurricanes kill more than male ones

Updated: Monday, June 2 2014, 04:52 PM EDT

Female hurricanes kill more people than hurricanes with male names because people don't take feminine-sounding storms as seriously, according to a new study.

Researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Illinois studied death rates, specifically for the 47 most damaging hurricanes that occurred between 1950 and 2012. On average, hurricanes with women's names killed nearly twice as many people as male-named hurricanes, the study said.

Scientists found the gender of a hurricane's name could dictate whether or not people took precautions and sought shelter.

The study did not include Hurricane Audrey of 1957, which killed more than 400 people in the United States. Researchers also excluded Hurricane Katrina, which left more than 1,800 people dead, for fear the hurricanes would skew the results.

When meteorologists began naming storms in 1950, all of them were named after women. Male names were not included until 1979.

You can read the full study here.

Female hurricanes kill more than male ones


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