"The most obvious answer is the quadrant I'm in," the Accuweather senior meteorologist said, laughing. "In all seriousness, any part of a hurricane is dangerous."

Historically, however, a hurricane's northeast quadrant, or its right, front area, is the most dangerous. It's here that winds are typically faster, rain and storm surge are fiercer, and risk for tornadoes is greater.

The northeast quadrant of Hurricane Claudette slapped Victoria in 2003, toppling trees and awnings with Category 1-degree winds.

Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere spin counterclockwise. The winds inside a hurricane's northeast quadrant are faster because they've just passed open water and have yet to slow from the friction of land.

This pass by these winds over water also accounts for heavier rainfall once landfall occurs. Hurricanes suck water from the Gulf of Mexico and dump it over land.

Coupled with stored heat from the Gulf, conditions become ripe for tornadoes.

"Conversely, if you're on the storm's left side, you're getting a slower land breeze," Reeves said. "The backside of the storm starts to fall part. It's lost its fueling mechanism: the warm waters off the Gulf."

Of course, Mother Nature isn't always predictable, John Metz, a National Weather Service meteorologist, explains.

"There are some oddball storms out there," Metz said. "Hurricane Cecilia hit Corpus Christi in 1970. When it made landfall, the southwest quadrant was the worst for winds. In some cases, strange things can happen."

Both meteorologists remind you storm surge and flooding kill more people than any other hazard associated with hurricanes.

Reeves has a last bit of advice.

"Any place in a hurricane is a dangerous place to be," he said. "I think the answer is I don't want to be in the storm at all. Don't say I am to the left of the storm track. Get out of it altogether."