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Why Hurricane Michael’s Storm Surge Is So High

After gathering strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico overnight, Hurricane Michael blasted across the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon, pummeling the area with winds up to 155 miles per hour. That makes the Category 4 hurricane one of the all-time strongest landfalls in US history. Earlier today, ...

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Hurricane Harvey samples saddled with antibiotic-resistant genes

Rice University scientists have released the first results of extensive water sampling in Houston after the epic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. They found widespread contamination by E. coli, likely the result of overflow from flooded wastewater treatment plants. The microbial survey showed high levels of E. coli, a fecal ...

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After Hurricane Maria, Could Puerto Rico Be at Risk of Cholera?

After the deluge comes the deluge. First Hurricane Irma raked Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands in early September, and then two weeks later Hurricane Maria did the same, leaving 3.5 million people in Puerto Rico without clean water, communications, or electricity, amid damaged buildings and floodwaters. Aid is ...

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How Will Houston Handle the Deluge of Hurricane Harvey?

Hurricanes are ranked according to their wind speed. But a truer measure of their destructive potential would also include their moisture level. Just before making landfall on Friday night, Hurricane Harvey jumped up to become a category 4 hurricane, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour. But more dangerously, ...

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Cholera Deepens Haiti’s Misery After Hurricane

RENDEL, Haiti — There is a plague on this town. Even before the winds and rain toppled nearly everything standing, cholera was already here. It came down from the mountains, washing into the lives of the thousands who once lived above the river. Now the only sign of life is ...

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North Carolina’s Wild Steeds Bucked the Hurricane (Probably)

Hurricane Matthew is gone. But its effects linger: Hundreds—possibly thousands—dead, and hundreds of thousands without homes, without power, in the Caribbean and southeastern US. And there’s every indication that storms like Matthew will only become more common as the climate continues to change. But humans aren’t the only locals whose ...

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Cholera spreads in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

Residents block the road to protest, because they have not yet received help after Hurricane Matthew devasted the area, in the commune of Cotaux, in Les Cayes, in the southwest of Haiti, on Oct. 11, 2016.(Photo: Hector Retamal, AFP/Getty Images) The people of Haiti face a new terror, just days ...

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