Ooh la la, it's almost time for Hurricane Season 2018.
Here are some updates:
Mapping Puerto Rico's Hurricane Migration With Mobile Phone Data
It is well known that the U.S. Census Bureau keeps track of state-to-state migration flows. But that’s not the case with Puerto Rico. Most of the publicly known numbers related to the post-Maria diaspora from the island to the continental U.S. were driven by estimates, and neither state nor federal institutions kept track of how many Puerto Ricans have left (or returned) after the storm ravaged the entire territory last September.
But Teralytics, a New York-based tech company with offices in Zurich and Singapore, has developed a map that reflects exactly how, when, and where Puerto Ricans have moved between August 2017 and February 2018. They did it by tracking data that was harvested from a sample of nearly 500,000 smartphones in partnership with one major undisclosed U.S. cell phone carrier.
Puerto Ricans are gonna destroy Donald Trump and the GOP in 2018 and 2020, mark my words. Judging by the number of comments talking about how we shouldn't help them because they aren't Americans, many Republicans don't even realize that Puerto Rico is a US territory and their citizens can vote once in the mainland, and here comes over half a million into swing states. Over half a million who very clearly remember how much vile hatred was piled on them just for getting struck by a hurricane and not having the decency to thank Trump they also weren't fed to the sharks.
Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 64. Actual Deaths May Be 1,052
Homes were flattened. Power was knocked out. And all across Puerto Rico, bodies began showing up at morgues.
Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico with great fury but the government there has reported an official death toll far lower than the devastation suggests.
A review by The New York Times of daily mortality data from Puerto Rico’s vital statistics bureau indicates a significantly higher death toll after the hurricane than the government there has acknowledged.
The Times’s analysis found that in the 42 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm, 1,052 more people than usual died across the island. The analysis compared the number of deaths for each day in 2017 with the average of the number of deaths for the same days in 2015 and 2016.
The CCP must be proud of us.
Hurricane Harvey was year's costliest U.S. disaster at $125 billion in damages
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday.
The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage in 2017, with 16 separate events that caused more than $1 billion in damage each.
“2017 was a historic year for billion-dollar weather and climate disasters,” said Adam Smith, an economist for NOAA, on a media call with reporters.
The record-breaking year raises concerns about the effects of future natural disasters, as scientists fear climate change could make extreme weather events more damaging.
Hurricane Harvey, which sparked extreme flooding in Houston and the surrounding area in August and September, caused $125 billion in damage, the year’s most expensive disaster. Hurricane Maria, which in September set off a fatal and ongoing humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and elsewhere, caused $90 billion in damage. Hurricane Irma hit Florida in September and caused $50 billion in total damage, NOAA reports.