You raise an interesting point in your comment about why you don't think it is a metaphor. It's true that a hurricane is just a type of disaster. However, that doesn't prevent it from being a metaphor for another type of disaster. A metaphor is a comparison between two "unlike" things, but obviously there have to be some similarities as well; that is the whole point of the metaphor.
The thing is, I actually wouldn't interpret her words as applying to literal hurricanes. As Rathony says, it's using "hurricane" to mean "a hard time in your life."
Anyway, if this is for some kind of English class, the only person who gets to decide what is correct is the teacher, so this may not be useful in that case.