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Hurricane Ian (2022)

Hurricane Season Ends, Marked by Quiet August and Deadly September

An erratic North Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end this week, with an average number of storms, a rare quiet spell in August and destructive late-season activity, including the deadliest hurricane to hit the United States in nearly two…

We Need to Rethink How to Adapt to the Climate Crisis

Much of the barrier island community of Fort Myers Beach on Florida’s southwest coast, once home to 5,600 people, is unrecognizable. Older buildings not made of concrete were obliterated by Hurricane Ian. With properties that were worth nearly $4.5 billion,…

Hurricane Ian’s Financial Toll Threatens Florida’s Real Estate Market

The scale of the destruction from Hurricane Ian threatens to destabilize Florida’s insurance and real estate markets, as devastated residents file a record number of claims for damaged or destroyed homes. Privately insured losses from Ian are expected to reach…

After the Storm, the Mold: Warming Is Worsening Another Costly Disaster

On Tuesday morning, six days after Hurricane Ian tore through southwestern Florida, Alvaro “Moe” Zuluaga and his team of mold remediators walked through a house in Naples. The walls were cheerfully painted in sunny yellows and palm greens, and beyond…

Florida’s Leaders Opposed Climate Aid. Now They’re Depending on It.

Hurricane Ian’s wrath made clear that Florida faces some of the most severe consequences of climate change anywhere in the country. But the state’s top elected leaders have opposed federal spending to help fortify states against, and recover from, climate…

Three Ways to Build Back Smarter After Hurricane Ian

The expansive climate, health-care and tax bill signed into law by President Biden earlier this year will includes a $2.6 billion investment into coastal communities over five years to help them prepare and respond to climate disasters, in part emphasizing…

Billion-dollar disasters

Climate change is costly. Hurricanes supercharged by a warmer atmosphere are sometimes the costliest of all. As I write this Friday, there are no detailed estimates of damage from Hurricane Ian, which came like a wrecking ball across southwestern Florida,…

How Hurricane Ian Became So Powerful

Sea Surface Temperature, Sept. 27, 2022 Atlantic Ocean United States Extent of 82°F+ water temperatures, which can sustain and intensify hurricanes. Gulf of Mexico Waters over 87°F Hurricane Ian’s path Caribbean Sea Sea Surface Temperature, Sept. 27, 2022 Extent of…

Downpours From Ian Prompt Florida Treatment Plants to Release Waste

As of Thursday afternoon, excess water from Hurricane Ian had prompted at least a dozen wastewater treatment facilities in Florida to discharge either raw or partially treated waste, which can contain bacteria or other disease-causing organisms as well as high…

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