In the book I am editing now, The Tempest Murders, there are two hurricanes as the backdrop: the first is called Ireland's Night of the Big Wind, which struck Ireland in 1839. It occurred before the sophisticated technology we have today so most of Ireland's residents were struck unawares. The storm was so strong, it pushed the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's west coast all the way to the Irish Sea on its east coast--a distance of more than 200 miles.
In the video below, you'll see the high seas that can form during one of these monster storms, completely engulfing this large ship at times. Imagine it sweeping over Ireland, and you'll know the terror the first chapter in the book uncovers...
The second storm in the book takes place around a hundred and fifty years later as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coastline... And it is on the Outer Banks as the hurricane slams ashore that the climactic scene takes place.
And why is it called the tempest murders? Because the storm in Ireland was not considered a hurricane, as they had not yet established hurricane standards.