Better hurricane forecasts are preventing damage and saving money, study says

Jun 13, 2024
Computing power is helping make sure there are fewer false alarms.
False alarms can lull people into a false sense of security, says Tatyana Deryugina, an environmental economist at the University of Illinois.
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He assesses climate risk on the housing market, and he wants your attention

Jun 12, 2024
As people become more aware of living in vulnerable areas, home prices will gradually reflect that risk, says Tim Judge of Fannie Mae.
"We do need every state to have flood disclosures," says Fannie Mae's Tim Judge. Above, water from a flash flood surrounds a home in Thermal, California, after a monsoonal thunderstorm in September.
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A look back at the 2020 Creek Fire and a harrowing escape

Apr 4, 2024
Nearly 250 campers had to be airlifted out of the Sierra Nevada mountains after the fire trapped them at a lake.
Years after the 2020 Creek Fire, parts of the Sierra National Forest remain denuded and bare, like this section being surveyed and restored by workers with the U.S. Forest Service in August of 2023.
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More Americans are going without homeowners insurance. That could spell trouble.

Aug 29, 2023
They're dropping coverage as premiums rise and protection shrinks, despite extreme weather brought on by climate change.
A couple in the Gulf Coast community of Steinhatchee, Florida, board up their house in preparation for Hurricane Idalia on Tuesday.
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How Germany's Ahr region found a way to sell wine after a devastating flood

Sep 28, 2021
Vineyards in the Ahr Valley were destroyed by the summer floods, but that opened up a unique business opportunity for the area. Meet FlutWein.
Peter Kriechel and Daniel Kollar (in shorts) are the founders of FlutWein, which has been successful selling wine from the flood-ravaged Ahr wine region.
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Midwest flooding brings high infrastructure costs

Dec 27, 2019
A lot of repair and recovery work hasn't even started yet.
Tom Bullock, emergency services director of Holt County, Missouri, stands on a broken bridge on U.S. 159. Although a state contract has been issued for its repair, work still hasn’t started.
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For a recovering restaurant in Puerto Rico, sometimes it's just about making it through the day

Aug 29, 2018
An executive chef in San Juan describes life in the food industry post-Hurricane Maria.
An American flag and Puerto Rican flag fly next to each other in Old San Juan in Puerto Rico.
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Meet the man bringing power back to Puerto Rico

Dec 1, 2017
"It just is one of the most challenging missions that we've really faced."
Col. John Lloyd, who leads the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission to restore power to Puerto Rico, stands in front of the strategy map highlighting key transmission lines. "It just is one of the most challenging missions that we've really faced,” he told us.
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"No place for you to live": 100 days after Harvey, these Texans still have no homes

Dec 1, 2017
Rockport, Texas' mayor admits he doesn't have any place to put people who want to return home.
A hotel in Rockport, on the southeast Texas coast, is months, if not years, away from operation after Hurricane Harvey.
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Puerto Ricans arrive in Florida to find affordable housing is scarce

Nov 28, 2017
More than 170,000 people have evacuated Puerto Rico for Florida and their immediate need, affordable housing, is hard to come by.
Jonathan Gonzalez waits with his children outside the Hurricane Maria Relief Center in Orlando, Florida.
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