A recent study from the University of Ohio claims that people will fear a hurricane Marco more than Vicky. Published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study examines the death tolls of 94 hurricanes over 60 years that hit the USA. According to the peer-reviewed paper, a masculine-named storm would kill about 15 people, but a hurricane of the same strength with a female name would kill about 42.
"In judging the intensity of a storm, people appear to be applying their beliefs about how men and women behave," Sharon Shavitt explained, co-author of the study. "This makes a female-named hurricane, especially one with a very feminine name such as Belle or Cindy, seem gentler and less violent."
To learn more about the study, access it here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/05/29/1402786111