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Hurricanes Can Cause a Lot of Damage in the Midwest

With the Nov. 30 end of the 2014 hurricane season just weeks away, a University of Iowa researcher and his colleagues have found that North Atlantic tropical cyclones have a significant effect on the Midwest...
November 19, 2014

With the Nov. 30 end of the 2014 hurricane season just weeks away, a University of Iowa researcher And his colleagues have found that North Atlantic tropical cyclones have a significant effect on the Midwest. Their research appears in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

“Flooding from a single tropical cyclone often impacts 10 to 15 states located hundreds of miles from the coast and covering a wide area,” said Gabriele Villarini, University of Iowa assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. “Our results indicate that flooding from tropical cyclones affects large areas of the United States and the Midwest, as far inland as Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.”

The research paper, “North Atlantic Tropical Cyclones and U.S. Flooding,” can be found in the September issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society at http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00060.1.

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