A taste of things to come? Storm damage on Sydney’s northern beaches in 2016.
The ocean warming that might increase the threat of a catastrophic storm could also create the conditions for a natural defensive barrier.
Scientists correctly realised there was an increasing risk of major flooding. But they didn't know humans were to blame.
Flooding during Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City’s transportation and power infrastructure.
Study finds higher risk of flooding from a combination of storm surge and heavy precipitation, particularly along the East Coast of the US.
Everybody’s leaving New Orleans ahead of Katrina.
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Hurricanes can be deadly to those in their path. Officials don't want to unnecessarily alarm before solid forecasts are in place, but residents need enough time to prepare and heed evacuation orders.
Only a Category 1 at landfall, Hurricane Irene had plenty of energy.
Everybody wants a quick shorthand for a storm's damage potential. But the index we hear used most often isn't the best option.
Luckily, we have more to go on now than just knowing the tracks of previous named storms.
We're no longer caught off guard when hurricanes make landfall, the way people were into the early 1900s. Better communications, measurements and observations all feed into better forecasts and more warning.