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Hurricane Blackouts Increasing: Is Your City at Risk?

December 19, 2014 Leave a comment dridrive

Manhattan Blackout Wallpaper 1920×1080 1024x768Cities that are regularly under hurricane threat, such as Miami or New Orleans, are used to adapting. But with climate change increasing hurricanes’ intensity, cities like Philadelphia, PA, Hartford, CT, and New York City, NY could see a 50% rise in power outages.

That’s according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, which developed a computer model that combined historical storm data with possible scenarios for future storm behavior, focusing on 27 cities from Texas to Maine. The cities most likely to see a surge in power outages:

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Virginia Beach, VA, and
  • Hartford, CT.

On the upside, these cities were considered least sensitive to storm surges: Memphis, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Buffalo.

By showing these vulnerabilities, the researchers say, they are calling attention to the critical infrastructure and preparedness work these areas need to implement before a big event — not after.