When travelers rank some of their most prevalent fears, the concern of enduring a disaster lists high. In a recent Huff Post article, the fear of living through a natural disaster, like a hurricane of tropical storm, was the second highest concern among young and solo travelers.
The worry of facing a tropical storm is natural, as even insurance companies have rated the odds of a natural disaster decimating cities around the world. However, while many of us consider the Gulf Coast and Asia’s “Ring of Fire” to be among the most dangerous destinations for storms, there are several different places that are susceptible to tropical storms that many travelers simply don’t realize.
From the coastline of California to Eastern Canada, many parts of the world face the threat of tropical storms, often without advance notice. Here are five parts of the world you didn’t know could have tropical storms.
When many people think of Brazil, images of soccer, the Carnival of Brazil, and the famous Cristo Redentor statue come to mind. Another idea that should also come to mind is tropical storms.
Despite their positioning in the South Atlantic, coastal Brazil often faces off with tropical storms formed off the coast. The most severe tropical storm made landfall in 2004, after a tropical storm turned back towards land and grew to become a category one hurricane. As a result, over 38,000 buildings were damaged and 1,400 collapsed.
Even though this tropical paradise is welcoming year round, travelers still have to be on guard. Those considering a trip to Brazil during hurricane season may want to consider travel insurance prior to departure.
Los Angeles, California
Contrary to popular opinion, it does rain in California – and when it rains, it can turn into a tropical storm very quickly. Thanks to the oceanic phenomenon known as El Nino, tropical storms can form over the Pacific Ocean, and make landfall across the coastline, affecting Los Angeles and other communities across Southern California.
While most tropical storms form along Baja California and dissipate before reaching Los Angeles, the city has been struck by major storms and even hurricanes in the past. According to data from NOAA, the Southern California coastline weathered hurricanes in 1858 and 1939. Tropical storms can still form to this day, but often happen far out at sea during the winter time.
While the wrath of El Nino is nothing to be trifled with, tropical storms are not the only concern for those vising Southern California. According to an analysis completed by Swiss Re, Southern California is also susceptible to earthquakes.
Often considered America’s premier vacation destinations, Hawaii is also susceptible to a number of tropical storms every year. In 2015, nearly one half-dozen storms came close to Hawaii, bringing with them rainfall and heavy winds.
Although it does not happen often, some of these storms can upgrade into hurricanes. In 1992, a category four hurricane made landfall on the island of Kaua’I, causing $3 billion in damages and killing six islanders.
While the island offers nice weather throughout the year, travelers who are not fond of storms should avoid traveling during the Pacific hurricane season. The most storm activity in the Pacific takes place from June to December each year.
Newfoundland and Northeastern Canada
Travelers often associate Newfoundland and Northeastern Canada with other natural events, such as the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Tropical storms are also a regular occurrence in Northeastern Canada. Over the last 200 years, this Canadian island has seen over 16 hurricanes and numerous tropical storms.
The worst storm to hit Northeast Canada was Hurricane Igor in 2010. Officially on record as the wettest hurricane in the region’s history, the storm caused over $200 million in damage and killed one person.
Although tropical storms are a natural part of life in Northeastern Canada, those who travel to the area have options available prior to their arrival. Anyone concerned about hurricanes and tropical storms can check the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Centre homepage for information and facts about storms in Northeastern Canada.
United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar
Finally, the Arabian Peninsula – including the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar – may be closer associated with amazing opulence rather than storm systems. However, since tracking began in 1881, the Arabian Peninsula has faced over 50 tropical storms and tropical cyclones.
The most dangerous tropical storm took place in 2007, when Tropical Cyclone Gonu made landfall in Oman. The storm caused over $4 billion in damage and killed 50 people after it made landfall in Oman.
Although tropical storms may not happen often in these areas, they can hit with little to know warning and bring rain and damage in their wake. Through being aware of these areas you may not have known could have tropical storms, you can be prepared for the worst case scenario when you travel.