• Highlights how poverty and poor civil defense can significantly increase hurricane mortalities, as in the tragedy of Hurricane Mitch of 1998, which killed 10,000 people in Honduras
• Provides fresh perspectives based on the latest developments in hurricane science, formation, forecasting, and coastal defense
• Pulls together facts and data from widely scattered literature and synthesizes essential hurricane information into one resource
• A unique three-part chronology of the science of hurricanes, from the time of Sir Isaac Newton to the latest discoveries in quantitative climatology
• A thorough description of the key government agencies and other bodies concerned with the preparation for, study, and forecasting of hurricanes
"Written in a readable style, with occasional technical overtones, the book follows the series' format, with chapters on problems and solutions, a global perspective, a chronology, biographical sketches, facts and data, and lists of organizations and print and nonprint resources."-
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Twenty-six people dead, $26.5 billion worth of damage, and eight insurance companies left bankrupt—such was the impact of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the most costly storm in U.S. history. How can coastal residents best prepare for the threat posed by such awesome phenomena? What is the likely impact of global climate change on the frequency and fury of hurricane activity?