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After a Dozen Hurricanes and 40 Years, Familiar Dangers With Higher Stakes

Years ago, banks and other businesses gave customers paper hurricane maps so that they could plot the latitude and longitude of developing storms. Now nearly everyone is glued to their phones and computers, watching projected storm tracks play out in real time.Still, many things have remained the same: Hurricanes often confound the forecasters. They don’t totally surprise anymore, but they drift past expected targets and, worst of all, they sometimes quickly become much stronger than expected. […]

Deadly Hurricanes Are Nothing New to Texas

The damage was estimated to cost $408 million, or $3.3 billion in current dollars.“All of this serves as a reminder that though man may reach for the moon there are still natural forces on this earth that he neither understands nor is able to prevent or control,” The Times wrote on Sept. 13, 1961.1970: Hurricane CeliaConfirmed deaths: 11, according to the National Weather Service.PhotoCredit Associated PressThe storm came ashore north of Corpus Christi and traveled into Texas. High winds of up to 145 miles per hour caused extensive damage.“Witnesses said every building in town was damaged,” The Times wrote on August 4, 1970.2005: Hurricane RitaConfirmed deaths: Seven, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.PhotoCredit Rick Bowmer/Associated PressComing just weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Rita packed similar power, reaching Category 5 before it made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border. Millions of Texans evacuated.It caused more than $10 billion in damages, according to the NOAA.2008: Hurricane IkeConfirmed deaths: 28, according to the NOAA.PhotoCredit David J. […]

Delicate Mix of Compassion and Politics as Obama Heads to Louisiana Floods

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After Baton Rouge Flooding, Learning Lessons From New Orleans

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