Holly beach in Fallout 3 mode. (Source)

Nature does horrible things. Sometimes the results of those things can be moving, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and sometimes awe inspiring. We’ve brought you a collection of pictures illustrating just what hurricanes can do, be it funny, tragic or just plain awe inspiring.


Thunder Horse was weak against water. (Source)

14. Land Ahoy | Hurricane Ike


What are you doing, boat? You can’t drive, you’re a boat. Plus you don’t even have wheels!

Boat on a highway – some classic post-hurricane imagery for you. Here we can see Hurricane Ike’s best attempt at launching a sea faring vessel from the coast all the way to Texas. We can also see Man attempting to put said vessel back in the sea.

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13. When Houses Attack | Unknown


NOM. NOM. NOM.

Everyone knows that extreme weather conditions can cause pets to go...well, a little bit mental. Here, we have an example of that rare yet potentially deadly phenomena – angry house. Here, a surfing domicile rampages up and down an American coast.

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12. From Here to Devastation | Hurricane Andrew


It was at times like this he’d wished he installed that srimech .

Here, we can see some of the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew, one of the most devastating storms in the history of the US. Rubble and ruin dominates the picture, from the car in the foreground, right to the skyline.

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11. Land laid to waste | Hurricane Andrew


Andrew despised modular homes.

An aerial view helps bring home just how little stood in the way of Hurricane Andrew. At first it looks like tiny, tiny houses – until you notice the remaining house in the bottom left. Then you realise all that remains is rubble.

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10. Not Just A Pretty Face | Hurricane Irene


I’m your biggest fan.

For some reason, we assume “awe” relates solely to scale – not always so, as this shows. Hurricane Irene, it turns out, is not only a Category 3 hurricane responsible for around $10bn of damage. She’s also a pretty good shot.

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9 & 8. Ike Eats Neighbourhoods | Hurricane Ike


Pre-Apocalypse.

Hurricane Ike caused over $37bn of damage, was responsible for 93 deaths, and at one point stretched over 600 miles wide. It also took a dislike to this neighbourhood.

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Post-Apocalypse.

And did this to it.

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7. Blast From The Past | Galverston Hurricane 1900

Galverston, 1900; 8,000 people died; 37,000 homes were destroyed. To get an idea of the scale, look at the size of the people in the foreground, and compare it to the church in the background.

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6. Blast From The Past 2: Redux | Galverston Hurricane 1900


Another view from the past. Bear in mind this was in the days before helicopter flyovers, before any sort of early warning, and before any sort of hurricane-proof building. What’s amazing isn’t the number who died, but rather the number who managed to survive.

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5. Wiping The Slate Clean | Hurricane Katrina


The red arrows survived the hurricane intact.

Hurricane Katrina needs no introduction. The damage wrought was historic, but this is a good illustration. We can see the scorched-earth-esque damage that left nothing in its path unharmed.

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4. Water World | Hurricane Katrina


The car waterslide was depressing

It’s only when you realise that this isn’t actually a river (or a waterpark) that the scale really hits home. Notice the highway signs sticking out of the water.

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3. Lost City of Atlantis | Hurricane Katrina


Somebody’s left the tap on.

You can’t see the damage, because it’s submerged – like everything else in Katrina’s wake. One of those pictures where you don’t want to be able to say “Mom, I can see my house from here”.

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2. Little House On The Prairie | Hurricane Katrina


House was never the same after his breakdown.

There is so much damage here, it’s not even clear what is… err…was what anymore. For a reference point as to how big this actually is, there’s a little pink square in the middle of this picture – that’s a mattress.

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1. Last House on the Left | Hurricane Ike


Finally, peace and quiet.

Bizarrely, this isn’t a photoshopped image – this house was actually left standing in the wake of Hurricane Ike. It belongs to a couple, Pam and Andy Gilchrist, whose house was designed in a unique way to survive storms.

Clearly, it works!

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Hurricanes kill; hurricanes damage; and hurricanes destroy. As the saying goes, though, a picture is worth a thousand words. If there is anything to take from this, it should probably be “respect nature”.


The church always went south for autumn. Source

That said, if there is anything ELSE to take from it (that would be if you’re not really into the whole “respecting nature” thing) talk to Pam and Andy Gilchrist and find out how they built their house. It might just save your bacon.




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