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Female-named hurricanes are deadlier because fewer people respect them

Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:52
Don’t call the wind “Mariah.” A new study suggests that people have gender-biased views of the names given to the nation’s hurricanes, and are more likely to fear — and run for cover from — a “Hurricane Ivan” than from, say, a “Hurricane Katrina.” But underestimating a major hurricane just because it is named for a woman could be a deadly mistake.
Hurricanes with feminine names lead to more deaths
Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:42
NEW YORK - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable to…
What's in a (hurricane) name? More deaths: study
Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:14
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt? A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina's death toll of more than 1,800. Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are…
Ladykillers: Hurricanes with female names deadlier than storms with male ones
Sunday, 01 June 2014 09:11
Are people more afraid of Hurricane Victor than Hurricane Victoria? Yes, says a study out today from researchers at the University of Illinois. "People may be dying as a result of the femininity of a hurricane (name)," says Sharon Shavitt, a professor of marketing at Illinois and a co-author of the study, which appears in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Hurricane Season 2014 is here
Saturday, 31 May 2014 12:43
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - June 1, marks the first official day of hurricane season, and Harrison County emergency managers are warning everyone to be prepared. "Unfortunately, people have a mindset, I survived Camille, I survived Katrina; I'll survive the next one," said Captain Greg Federico with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office. Although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, better known as NOAA, is predicting a below average hurricane season, these professionals say all it takes…
The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season begins: 6 things to know
Saturday, 31 May 2014 03:51
MIAMI - The 2013 hurricane season was relatively quiet, despite predictions to the contrary. Climate change, however, continues to put scientists and forecasters on edge about the intensity and frequency of big storms. Below is a look at some of the things to know about this coming hurricane season. 1. SLOW SEASON EXPECTED Federal forecasters are expecting a slower-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes.
El Nino Could Mean a Disaster-Free Hurricane Season
Saturday, 31 May 2014 03:33
The Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off Sunday, which means for the next six months the East and Gulf Coasts of the U.S. will be on the lookout for the next big Andrew, Hugo or Katrina. As it happens, the U.S. is in the middle of a record-breaking hurricane drought. It’s been 3,142 days since the last major hurricane—defined as Category 3 or above—made landfall in the U.S.
2014 Atlantic hurricane season begins: 6 things to know
Saturday, 31 May 2014 02:59
MIAMI - The 2013 hurricane season was relatively quiet, despite predictions to the contrary. Climate change, however, continues to put scientists and forecasters on edge about the intensity and frequency of big storms. Below is a look at some of the things to know about this coming hurricane season. 1. SLOW SEASON EXPECTED Federal forecasters are expecting a slower-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes.
Hurricane evacuation tough call for state, residents and Charleston hospitals
Friday, 30 May 2014 16:29
A Pacific hurricane more powerful than ever recorded in May flared up last month before weakening. A potential cyclone in the Atlantic was watched by forecasters but dissipated. Welcome to the tropics. Sunday is the official start of the 2014 hurricane season and it begins with one of the larger concerns left hanging: Evacuations. The state's plan is still largely untested.
Hurricane 2014: Lee and Collier lack shelter space for major storm, study says
Friday, 30 May 2014 12:00
Eduardo Castillo helps Cheryl Arreola of Fort Myers move things from her car into Germain Arena in Estero as Hurricane Charley comes ashore Friday afternoon (August 13).

 

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