Hurricanes and Cyclones News
July 5, 2023

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Freely Available Risk Model for Hurricanes, Tropical Cyclones

As human-driven climate change amplifies natural disasters, hurricanes and typhoons stand to increase in intensity. Until now, there existed very few freely available computer models designed to estimate the economic costs of such events, but a team of researchers has recently announced the ...

Trees in Areas Prone to Hurricanes Have Strong Ability to Survive Even After Severe Damage

The island of Dominica took a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Maria. Nine months afterward, researchers found that while 89% percent of trees located in nine previously documented forest stands were damaged, but only 10 percent had immediately ...

AI Could Set a New Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings

Being able to withstand hurricane-force winds is the key to a long life for many buildings on the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast of the U.S. Determining the right level of winds to design for is tricky business, but support from artificial intelligence may offer a simple ...

East Coast, US, Landslide Impacts from Puerto Rico to Vermont and in Between

In the U.S., we may often think of landslides as primarily a West Coast problem, mostly plaguing the mountainous terrain of California, Oregon, and Washington. New research highlights the major impacts of landslides on the U.S. East Coast and what ...

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Tropical Cyclones on the Rise in Low And Middle Income Countries Yet Remain Least Studied of Climate-Related Events

A new article illustrates the increases in adverse public health outcomes following tropical cyclones, especially in communities with existing health conditions. The paper explains that the focus ...

Tropical Cyclones Act as 'Massive Heat Pumps' That Fuel Extreme Heat

Extreme heat often follows tropical cyclones, which can complicate disaster recovery even further, researchers have ...

Waikiki Beach Studies Reveal Complex Drivers of Changing Shoreline

The Royal Hawaiian Beach in Waikiki is a popular beach at the center of Hawai'i's tourism hub, with a valuation of $2.2 billion, according to a 2016 study. Two recently published studies ...

Double Trouble When 2 Disasters Strike Electrical Transmission Infrastructure

One natural disaster can knock out electric service to millions. A new study suggests that back-to-back disasters could cause catastrophic damage, but the research also identifies new ways to monitor ...

Economic Losses from Hurricanes Become Too Big to Be Offset by the US If Warming Continues

Hurricane damages can increase due to increasing global temperatures, caused by greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Computer simulations of regional economic sectors and supply chains in the ...

Land in a Cyclone's Wake Becomes More Vulnerable to Forest Fires

The strong winds and torrential rains that accompany a cyclone do tremendous damage to ecosystems, and this damage can make them more prone to future wildfires. As intense cyclones are projected to ...

Hundreds of Hospitals on Atlantic and Gulf Coasts at Risk of Flooding from Hurricanes

A new study systematically investigates flooding risk to hospitals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts from Category 1-4 storms and finds that even relatively weak storms pose a serious flood risk to ...

Powerful Hurricanes Get Second Wind in Europe

Stronger hurricanes that are reenergised by jet stream winds are twice as likely to cross the Atlantic and wreak havoc in Europe than weaker ones, new research has ...

Climate Models Unreliable in Predicting Wave Damage to Coral Reefs

A new study finds that climate models are unreliable when it comes to predicting the damage that tropical cyclones will do to sensitive coral ...

COVID-19 Amplified Hardship for Many Harvey Victims

A study shows the economic and mental health consequences on victims of Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19 were ...

Climate Change Exacerbated Hurricane Harvey's Flood Damage, Hitting Low-Income and Latinx Neighborhoods Disproportionately Harder

New research shows that if it were not for the impact of climate change, up to 50 percent of residences in Houston's Harris County would likely not have been flooded by Hurricane Harvey five ...


What Has America Learned Since Hurricane Katrina? Not Enough

A first-of-its-kind study of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. found a lack of preparedness, specifically to evacuate carless and vulnerable populations. Only seven cities had strong plans, including ...

Houston Residents' Chemical Exposure Increased Post-Hurricane Harvey, Study Finds

Researchers used silicone wristbands to measure Houston residents' increased exposure to hazardous chemicals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in ...

Repeated Hurricane Exposure Linked to Adverse Psychological Symptoms

Repeated exposure to hurricanes, whether direct, indirect or media-based, is linked to adverse psychological symptoms and may be associated with increased mental health problems, according to a new ...

Inspired by Palm Trees, Scientists Develop Hurricane-Resilient Wind Turbines

New results from real-world tests of a downwind turbine could inform and improve the wind energy industry in a world with intensifying hurricanes and a greater demand for renewable ...

In Wake of Hurricane, Microbial Ecosystem Remarkably Resilient

After sustaining seemingly catastrophic hurricane damage, a primordial groundcover vital to sustaining a multitude of coastal lifeforms bounced back to life in a matter of months, according to new ...

Remote Sensing Research Improves Hurricane Response

Researchers are investigating better ways to predict where road-clogging debris will be most severe after tropical ...

Bay Area Storms Get Wetter in a Warming World

Researchers used supercomputers to run high-resolution climate simulations that show how historically-impactful storm events could look in a warmer world. The researchers simulated five of the most ...

Climate Change Will More Than Double the Risk of Intense Tropical Cyclones by 2050

人类造成的气候变化将make strong tropical cyclones twice as frequent by the middle of the century, putting large parts of the world at risk, according to a new study. The analysis also ...

Disasters Could Disrupt Care for Opioid Use Disorder in Most Vulnerable Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic has spiked the overdose death rate from opioid use. For people who rely on medications (buprenorphine, methadone, and extended-release naltrexone) to treat opioid use disorders, ...

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