That's the worst thing about hurricane's.
They're actually a combination of several different weather systems combined.
First you get the high winds, then the rain starts, then tornadoes start to form all over the place, and then, just before the eye hits, you get this humungus wave of water(which kills most victims) called the storm surge, with is actually a bulb of water formed from the vacuum of the pressurized eye.
And just when you think things are cool, because you're in the eye, the backside hits, with possibly even worse winds and rain than what was in the front.
I was here in Houston during Alicia, which was, if my memory goes right, was a minimal 3. Although very exciting, it's also a serious case of terror.
Now here's a real kicker, and I suffered this myself. The storm really doesn't last as long as you would think, and the weather is so beautiful afterwards that you can actually suffer from depression.
I suppose you could classify it as Post Traumatic Syndrome.