Hurricane season 2022 ends; Ian deadliest storm. Why so many deaths?

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Hurricane season 2022 ends; Ian deadliest storm. Why so many deaths?

2022 Hurricane Season

  • Hurricane season 2022 included widespread destruction from Fiona and Ian.
  • Too many people still die in hurricanes, even after vast improvements in forecasting and communication, said disaster researcher Amber Silver.
  • Efforts to convince people to move out of harm’s way as a hurricane approaches face many hurdles. Among them: fear, poverty and stubbornness.

Even though the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Nov. 30, its repercussions will linger long into the future.

The season wound up near normal despite forecasts for above-average activity, but it was notable for the death and destruction wrought by Hurricanes Fiona, Ian and Nicole.

In Puerto Rico, Fiona dealt a blow to the long-term recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria five years ago, knocking out electricity to the entire island.

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