Good advice from HStoday: What you Should Do ASAP to Prepare for a Hurricane.
Serious consideration of possible impacts in N.C.: Hurricane Florence: North Carolina fears possible environmental disaster. Waste from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites could wash into homes and contaminate drinking water.
The Saffir-Simpson Scale is the one that scientists use to rank hurricanes. Presently, the scale has 5 categories, but recently there is talk of adding a 6th. See this article about that new category in the WashPost.
The Diva had the pleasure of meeting Bob Simpson at the Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, CO many years ago. A nice gentleman, who was the first head of the National Hurricane Center.
Another must read:
2017 HURRICANES AND WILDFIRES; Initial Observations on the Federal Response and Key Recovery Challenges.
Note that this site contains the full report (142 pp.), a short highlights, report and a link to a GAO podcast.
Update on Sept. 5: So far, the Wall St. Journal and CNN printed articles about the report. The WSJ requires a subscription to read but here is the CNN article: Overwhelmed FEMA called on ‘bottom of the barrel’ staff for 2017 disasters, GAO says
Here is the Wash Post article on the report: Hurricanes and wildfires overwhelmed FEMA in 2017, according to new GAO report.
From Bloomberg News: Watchdog Slams FEMA for Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
Agency faulted for lack of preparedness and adequate staff. Report says identify-theft scheme flourished in wake of storms.
Reminder: June is the start of hurricane season in the U.S. Some advice from the US Coast Guard re Hurricane Preparedness. Hurricane Preparedness; Make your safety plans in advance.
Concern is growing in those places still recovering from 2017 hurricanes about the coming of the 2018 hurricane season, as of the first of June. See:
From the HSNewswire: Predicting East Coast hurricane flooding risks. A model developed at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will soon make its debut in the real world, helping to characterize and predict the paths and impacts of hurricanes on the East Coast.
In the U.S. we rely on the Saffir-Simpson Scale to measure hurricanes; that scale gives a 5 rating to the strongest storms. Now there is consideration of a possible addition to the scale. See: Stronger storms mean new ‘category six’ scale may be needed. Traditional scale used goes only to five but strength and intensity of storms is increasing, says scientists
Hurricane season is finally ending. Interesting facts and figures for the 2017 season of hurricanes.
From the WSJ: Two Months After Harvey, Houston Continues to Count the Cost
Tens of thousands are still living in hotel rooms from the August hurricane, which is estimated to have cost $73.5 billion in economic loss.
Note that the chart in the article shows total estimated costs for the recent hurricanes with H. Maria and H. Irma numbers lower than for H. Harvey.