The Most Hurricane-Prone States In America

Depending on where you live, your experience with hurricanes may be confined to movie screens. But for people who live in the southeast and along the East Coast, these deadly storms are an unfortunate reality.[slideshow:104203]

Since 1851, since records started being kept, Florida has been the victim of 117 direct hits by hurricanes – this is a lot more than any other state, according to NOAA's Hurricane Research Division.

Many people think that hurricanes only affect places along the Gulf of Mexico, but in reality they can reach as far north as Maine.

Part of the reason why northern states are not in a hurricane's path so often is because they usually weaken as they reach colder waters.

The peak of the hurricane season is approaching – the period from June 1 to Nov. 30. Late August through September tends to see the most activity.

If you're planning on traveling, it's best to know where hurricanes hit and to be prepared.

Click here to see the most hurricane-prone U.S. states

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