This year's hurricane season was the fourth most expensive on record

Dec 3, 2021
Two hurricanes and three tropical storms each caused over a billion dollars of damage.
Cars sit abandoned on the flooded Major Deegan Expressway in New York City following a night of extremely heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021.
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Hurricane Ida flooded their basement apartment. Months later, they've barely begun to recover.

Nov 9, 2021
Many New York basement apartments flooded in September. Most of the hardest-hit residents were low-income, and most were immigrants.
People clean up their flooded homes in Queens, New York, after the remnants of Ida passed through the area. The storm hit undocumented immigrants particularly hard.
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“It's going to take a while for people to come back”

Sep 10, 2021
A New Orleans-based journalist and homeowner reflects on Louisiana’s long road to recovery and its "care" infrastructure.
A person kayaks through flood waters in LaPlace, Louisiana, on Aug. 30 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. New Orleans-based journalist Ko Bragg says the rest of the country has “a lot to learn” from southeast Louisiana.
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Labor Day gas prices are the highest in years

Sep 6, 2021
Demand shot up this summer as people hoped to get out. Then Hurricane Ida stopped some production.
In 2012, gas prices in Los Angeles were over $5 a gallon.
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Preparing for when the climate crisis hits home

Sep 2, 2021
Hurricane Ida’s damage underscores the need for massive investment to protect and upgrade the nation’s housing stock.
Louisiana residents install a tarp over a damaged roof in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Roofs are a key component in safety but are vulnerable to extreme weather.
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Power in parts of Louisiana may not be restored for weeks

Aug 31, 2021
"The longer the power's off, the more of a threat to a person's life safety," a former FEMA administrator says.
“Next to water, I would say the air conditioning is probably the biggest issue because it’s just brutally hot," says Douglas Harris, a professor of economics at Tulane University, of conditions in New Orleans.
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Hurricane Ida may worsen oxygen shortage

Aug 31, 2021
In many places, hospitals are running low on oxygen, which is used to treat patients with COVID and other conditions.
Oxygen tanks are ready for use on a floor dedicated to COVID-19 patients at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Aug. 10, 2021 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
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