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Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more

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SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? A new study finds that people are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one.

But here is Victoria's secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts. Researchers conclude that it's probably because their monikers make people underestimate their danger.

The two deadliest storms to make landfall in the US since 1979 were Katrina and Sandy.

The study was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More than 1,000 test subjects told behavioral scientists at the University of Illinois they were slightly more likely to evacuate from male-named storms than female ones.

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FEMALE

Female-named storms have historically killed more, remember Katrina,Sandy and Audrey

hurricanes 101

If people are paying attention to the names instead of the numbers associated with the storm they deserve what they get.

And if you name one Obama

And if you name one Obama people will laugh at it.

Until

Until it completely destroys the country.

hurricanes

what about katrina yo?

Watch Out!

Barack is going to slam us!

Here's what's scary...

Did Saffo and City Council fund this study?

Really?

I guess these people haven't heard of Sandy, Hazel or Katrina.

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT. AND WHAT

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT. AND WHAT ABOUT FRAN? AND DONNA?