InsideClimate News -- Thanks to climate change, extreme weather disasters have hammered the United States with increasing frequency in recent years—from drought and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding.
Washington-area residents who are still collecting themselves after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene tonight and into tomorrow as they stock up on food and water and prepare for extended power outages.
Hurricane Irene bore down on the U.S. with Category 1-force winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) an hour, threatening a storm surge as warnings were posted from North Carolina to southern New England, including New York City.
Hurricane Irene killed at least 40 people as it moved from the Caribbean through New England, left an estimated $2.6 billion in damage and cut power to almost 8 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast.
Hurricanes have been clobbering the seaside village of Swan Quarter, North Carolina, for generations, and Irene, packing 85 mph winds and heavy rain, isn’t expected to give the fishing port a pass this weekend.
The Barclays golf tournament and Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, Mets and Boston Red Sox were forced to submit to threats from Hurricane Irene as the weather disturbance moves up the East Coast.