About This Place
Hurricane ( /hɜrɨkɪn/) is a city in Putnam County, West Virginia, U.S. The population was 5,222 at the 2000 census. The 2009 census estimates the population at 6,272.
Hurricane was named after Hurricane Creek, which was, in turn, named after a group of trees at the mouth of the river bent in one direction. A party of surveyors commissioned by George Washington noted the site appeared to have been struck by a hurricane, giving rise to the name. Less than 17 miles south-east of Hurricane is a post office named Tornado.
A town named Hurricane Bridge was located where West Virginia Route 34 now crosses the creek, near current-day Hurricane. The town can be traced back to an 1811 Virginia map. The town primarily consisted of a small inn. On March 28, 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought a Civil War battle at Hurricane Bridge, (West) Virginia, now known as the Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge.