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Study: Hurricanes named after women more deadly

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Researchers found storms with male names killed 15 people on average while the death toll from storms named after females was nearly three times greater. (Source: CNN) Researchers found storms with male names killed 15 people on average while the death toll from storms named after females was nearly three times greater. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - According to a University of Illinois study, hurricanes with female names are deadlier than ones named after men.

Researchers tracked nearly 100 hurricanes over 60 years and found storms with male names killed 15 people on average while the death toll from storms named after females was nearly three times greater.

The authors say one reason for the discrepancy is a storm with a feminine name is somehow perceived as less threatening.

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