Television & Film

Disaster Movie Showcase #4: A Foul Wind Blows

From the National Weather Service-

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF)or go to the NWS site for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014 runs from May 25th through May 31st.

Did you know…? Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with “A” and the second is given the name that begins with “B.” The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a “Q” or “U.” There are six lists that continue to rotate. The lists only change when there is a hurricane that is so devastating, the name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it. The 2014 hurricane name list is the same as the 2008 hurricane name list with the exception of three names that were devastating hurricanes in 2008 and thus retired. Gustav was replaced by Gonzalo, Ike was replaced by Isaias, and Paloma was replaced by Paulette. (Atlantic Tropical Storms/ Hurricanes)

2014 Hurricane Names
Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred

2015 Hurricane Names
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda

2016 Hurricane Names
Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, ? (Igor retired), Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, ? (Tomas retired), Virginie, Walter

2017 Hurricane Names
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, ?(Irene retired), Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney

2018 Hurricane Names
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, ? (Sandy retired), Tony, Valerie, William

2019 Hurricane Names
Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy


 And now that we’ve done our public service and made sure you and yours know how to stay safe, let’s have some fun! Here’s are our entries in the Hurricane category for the Disaster Movie Hall of Fame. Which do YOU like?

Hurricane (1974)
Two hurricane hunters track a huge, violent hurricane that is bearing down on a Gulf Coast town. Larry Hagman, Martin Milner, Jessica Walter

Hurricane (1979)
The desperate love affair between a young Samoan chief and an American painter, against the will of her father. Amid this man-made tension comes a hurricane so devastating, the lives of the lovers and the entire island are imperiled. Jason Robards, Mia Farrow, Timothy Bottoms

Nuclear Hurricane (2007)
A “highly sophisticated computer system” at a nuclear power plant goes crazy. To make matters worse, it develops a capacity for reason and malice while a tropical island storm is blowing into town. Jamie Luner, Jack Scalia, Meredith McGeachie

Gallagher’s Hurricane (2013)
It’s 1943 and a hurricane has just destroyed the oil refineries in Galveston. A navy seaplane crew is tasked with finding and tracking future hurricanes before another one can cause further havoc to the war effort. Lee Majdoub, Jason DeParis, David John Cole

The Perfect Storm (2000)
An unusually intense storm pattern catches some commercial fishermen unaware and puts them in mortal danger. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane

Dark Storm (2006)
On a secret military base a group of scientists have made a discovery unequaled since the invention of the A-bomb; code-named Eruptor, it’s a device that supercharges Dark Matter and uses it to change the molecular structure of its target, thereby eradicating it. But when the Eruptor malfunctions and a leading scientist on the project is blasted with Dark Matter, he receives incredible abilities that allow him to control the weather, as the same device now threatens the world! Stephen Baldwin, Rob LaBelle, Gardiner Millar

500 MPH Storm (2013)
When an energy experiment goes haywire, a rash of massive hurricanes rips across North America. A high school science teacher must get his family to safety before the hurricanes merge, creating a “hypercane” with the power to wipe the US off the map. Casper Van Dien, Michael Beach, Sarah Lieving


Heather French

Heather French is a 2nd generation geek who grew up STAR WARS in a STAR TREK family. A graduate from UNT with a degree in Film/ TV, she worked MARS ATTACKS, SCREAM, CSI, and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. She currently freelances and spends her free time with dogs and cats who do not judge her sci-fi/ fantasy indulgences...

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