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Hurricane season has arrived. Here’s what to expect.

People just give up’: Low-income hurricane victims slam federal relief programs

Nine months after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast, green grass has returned to plush Houston developments and the city’s downtown hums with millennial workers choosing a favorite food truck. But just a short drive away, Kashmere Gardens has not recovered.

Nearly every street of the 10,000-person neighborhood has homes that are gutted. Empty window panes reveal sparse interiors without walls, doors or carpets. Doors hang ajar and mold consumes living rooms and kitchens. Signs dot the lawns, promising homeowners that they can quickly sell out and avoid the messy process of rebuilding. One family lives in a tent in their driveway where mangy dogs circle around, shedding fur and leaving a rotten stench hanging in the air. Inside their wrecked home, two 4-year-old children sleep just feet away from open electric wires….

 

 

Hurricane season has arrived. Here’s what to expect.

new season

This is one of the most incredible images of 2017. It’s a satellite from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration peering down on Hurricanes Katia and Irma and Tropical Storm Jose (from left to right) on September 8. NOAA/NASA

Forecasters are expecting an average number of hurricanes (around seven). But predictions this early are filled with a lot of uncertainty.

The beginning of a new summer storm season is an unsettling marker because we’re still reckoning with the full impact of the punishing 2017 hurricane season and the three Category 4 storms (Harvey, Irma, and Maria) that hit the US.

Just this week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a report finding that the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is far bigger than previous estimates: At least 4,600 people died as a result of the hurricane and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. That makes it more than twice as deadly as Hurricane Katrina. That’s not all: Parts of the island are still in a blackout after the storm knocked out the island’s power grid, and lots of infrastructure still needs to be rebuilt…

 

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