The Impact of Tropical Cyclones on Coastal Communities
by Miranda Silano
Figure 1: Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005, over the Gulf of Mexico, from a satellite image. You can see here that Hurricane Katrina is roughly the size of Florida. For reference, the mainland of Florida is more than 440 miles from North to South (NASA, NOAA, Space.com Staff, 2015).
Figure 2: A map showing where billion-dollar weather and climate events occurred, when, and what they were, in 2021. While only four out of 22 are tropical cyclones, in total, the four cost $78.5 billion (Smith, 2022).
Figure 3: FEMA’s “recipe” for their National Risk Index, which is composed of an expected annual loss, social vulnerability, and community resilience. My research specifically focuses on the social vulnerability and community resilience components (FEMA).
Acknowledgement: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (NSF Grant #1922687). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. This analysis was done as a member of the urbanPRism Lab led by Dr. Chandana Mitra in the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University.