The Dangers Our Big Storms Dredge Up

Written by Natural Resources Defense Council

Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico on August 24

NOAA/NASA GOES Project

Once its deadly winds have calmed, a hurricane’s wrath isn’t over. The disaster simply morphs into a different type of catastrophe. As we’re currently seeing in post-Maria Puerto Rico, the systems on which society depends can break down and fail. Power outages may last for days or even weeks; there are no guarantees regarding access to potable water, food supplies, and medical attention; and communication can revert to the pre-digital, or even the pre-telephonic, era.

Hurricanes destroy, but they also reveal horrors that

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