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Jul 13

Storm reads: Nonfiction and fiction featuring hurricanes

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 3:31 PM by Elizabeth Land

While Hurricane Preparedness Week falls in late May, Hurricane Season doesn't officially start until June 1. Running from June 1 through November 30, the Atlantic Hurricane Season marks when our area is most likely to face off these forces of nature. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms this year.

Whether you are looking for some information about what to do when a storm approaches, the history of hurricanes in the U.S. or just a hurricane-themed novel to curl up with when the storm starts brewing outside, the York County Public Library has you covered.


  • Hurricane Preparedness DVDHurricane Preparedness (DVD) — Learn invaluable techniques to prepare yourself, your family, and your home for a hurricane such as Wilma and Katrina. Your hosts have experienced firsthand several hurricanes in the Florida Keys and are here to share their knowledge with you.
  • Hurricane Katrina: The Storm that Drowned a City (DVD) — Featuring eyewitness testimony, NOVA takes an in-depth look at what made Hurricane Katrina so deadly and analyzes how, despite technically sophisticated flood and storm defenses, this event has resulted in unprecedented destruction for the Gulf Coast.
  • Inside the MegaStorm: Hurricane Sandy (DVD)  — 
    Inside the Megastorm takes viewers moment by moment through Hurricane Sandy, its impacts and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, Inside the Megastorm gives scientific context to a new breed of storms.
  • The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina — In The Storm, van Heerden lays out in full detail the stunning incompetence among the bureaucrats, the politicians, and the Army Corps of Engineers that culminated in the catastrophe that crippled, perhaps forever, a great American city.
  • Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy — The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded-a hurricane like no other.
  • Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future — Examines the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain the Earth's changing climate and how to protect cities and coastal areas from the effects of huge storms.
  • Chasing Dean: Surfing America's Hurricane States — Two childhood friends from small-town Wales meet in Miami for a summer road trip they've always dreamed of—to chase the swell of a hurricane all the way up the East Coast in search of once-in-a-lifetime surf.
  • Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost & Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans— After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, tens of thousands of people lost their keepsakes and family treasures forever. As residents started to rebuild their lives, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans became a post-hurricane swapping place for old recipes that were washed away in the storm.

Adult Fiction

  • Under a Dark Summer SkyUnder a Dark Summer Sky — Florida, 1935. In Heron Key, relationships are as tangled as the swamp’s mangrove roots. Based on real historical events, Lafaye's debut novel is at once a love story set in a time of great turmoil and a vivid depiction of a major natural disaster.
  • The Distant Marvels — Outside the storm is raging and the floodwaters are rising. In a single room on the top floor of the governor's mansion, Maria Sirena begins to tell the incredible story of her childhood during Cuba's Third War of Independence; of her father Augustin, a ferocious rebel; of her mother, Lulu, an astonishing woman who fought, loved, dreamed, and suffered as fiercely as her husband.
  • The Beach Club — The juicy first novel by Elin Hilderbrand, emotions are at a peak when a hurricane threatens to wash away The Nantucket Beach Club and all it stands for.
  • Hurricane — With lashing rain and brutal winds bearing down on them, residents of southwest Florida prepare for evacuation. But Julie Minton cannot leave. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Randi, left home earlier that morning to go out on a Jet Ski with Thad Brockman, a boy Julie barely knows. Now Randi and Thad are missing -- and the hurricane that hours ago was just another routine warning has turned toward shore.
  • Let Me Be Frank with You — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Frank Bascombe travels to the site of his former home on the shore, visits his ex-wife, who is suffering with Parkinson's, and meets a dying former friend.

Youth Fiction

  • Even if the Sky FallsEven if the Sky Falls (Young Adult) — When Julie takes a break from helping her youth group rebuild houses in New Orleans, she meets and falls in love with Miles and together they must survive a hurricane.
  • A Hundred Hours of Night (Young Adult) — Furious at her father, who is caught up in a sex scandal, and suffering from panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder, fifteen-year-old Emilia December de Wit runs away from Amsterdam to New York City, where she meets sixteen-year-old Seth, and his eleven-year old sister Abby--and then Hurricane Sandy hits and the lights go out.
  • Will & Whit (Young Adult) — Will, a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy, crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark, which she is forced to confront when a hurricane blows through her town at the end of a summer.
  • Ninth Ward (Juvenile) — In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.
  • The Surge (Juvenile) After barely surviving a terrifying hurricane, Chase and his friends Nicole and Rashawn have made it to the safety of Nicole's family farm, which is also the winter home of the Rossi Brothers Circus, where flood waters are rising and dangerous circus animals are on the loose.
  • The Birthday Storm (Juvenile) — While in Florida to celebrate her Grammy's birthday, nine-and-a-half-year-old Sassy worries that an approaching hurricane will ruin not only the party, but a nest of sea turtle eggs, as well. Includes facts about hurricanes and sea turtles.
  • Hurricane Wolf (Easy Reader) — Noah learns about hurricanes as he helps his parents prepare their home and while they sit out the storm.
  • A Storm Called Katrina (Easy Reader) — When flood waters submerge their New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a young cornet player and his parents evacuate their home and struggle to survive and stay together.

For more information about hurricane season and how to prepare for a storm, visit the York County "Get Prepared" website and click on "Hurricane Preparedness." For more information about the York County Public Library collection, visit the online catalog.