Hurricane Maria Devastated Puerto Rico’s Forests at an Unprecedented Rate
When Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico in September of 2017, it leveled buildings, flooded streets, and wiped out power grids and water lines across the island. According to recent reports, the Category 5 storm claimed nearly 3,000 human lives.
More than a year later, the island is slowly recovering. But much of the damage that Maria left in its wake might never be repaired—in more ways than one. According to a study published today in Nature Communications, the hurricane has wreaked unprecedented havoc on Puerto Rico’s tropical forests, decimating crucial habitats for wildlife and potentially upsetting a fragile balance that keeps carbon emissions in check…
New Orleans Flood House Museum opens in tribute of Hurricane Katrina
A group has opened a new tribute and monument to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It’s called the Flooded House Museum. The former home flooded to its roof line when the London Avenue Canal breached just a few yards away during the storm. Officials said the permanent exhibit will be visible through the windows of the one-story home in Gentilly….
Historic, widespread flooding will continue through May, NOAA says
(CNN)The spring flood outlook is not good news for those already devastated by flooding in the Midwest and down the Mississippi River, according to an outlook released Thursday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities,” said Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
NOAA’s outlook calls for nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states to face an elevated risk of flooding through May, with the potential for major to moderate flooding in 25 states across the Great Plains, Midwest and down through the Mississippi River valley.
“The flooding this year could be worse than what we have seen in previous years … even worse than the historic floods we saw in 1993 and 2011,” said Mary Erickson, deputy director of the National Weather Service…