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Why This Matters: The hot summer-like temps in SoCal and Florida are not making it easy for local officials trying to keep people safe during the shelter in place orders. Tens of thousands flocked to beaches in both states. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is already warning there’s a 75 percent chance that 2020 will set the record for the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. We have noted the risk to the healthcare system that could be caused by storms and flooding during the coronavirus pandemic, but heat illness and respiratory problems caused by heat-related poor air quality could be a huge problem in some parts of the country too — just as they are trying hard to flatten the curve.
Florida Heat and Beyond
High temps in the south are caused in no small part by extremely high water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, which is a very bad sign for hurricane season and for tornado outbreaks too. Last Monday, according to the Capital Weather Gang of The Washington Post, Miami’s temperature topped out at 97 degrees, which broke three records, not just for the day and the month but for the earliest in the year — by more than 5 weeks — Miami has been that hot. Indeed, meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Miami tweeted about the heat saying that April was so hot, that its temps would have been tied with last year as the second hottest May ever. But it was not just Florida that was stiflingly hot. Last week, Corpus Christi, Tex., hit a record high of 96 on Monday, smashing the previous record for April 20 by seven degrees, Houston was a record of 92 degrees on Easter Sunday, and New Orleans was 90 degrees on April 9, the earliest on record the city has been that warm.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Across the nation, 15 million residences are at high risk of flooding within the next 30 years, and most homeowners and renters aren’t aware of this risk. Only about half of states require any kind of disclosure when it comes to flood risk and those that do offer information […]
Hurricane Delta provided a knockout second punch to the Southwest Louisiana coastline, coming ashore within 20 miles of Hurricane Laura’s path, leaving more than 200,000 customers still without power late yesterday (at its peak the number was 700,000).
Why This Matters: Delta was the 25th named storm, the 10th to make landfall in the U.S. this year, and storm season is winding down but it is not over.
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