Paging Al Gore, paging Al Gore

I think he’d like this guy (if he hasn’t met him already):

Hurricane chief: Megadisaster ‘is coming’
Tragedy worse than Katrina is not a question of if, but when, he says

MIAMI – If you thought the sight of the great American jazz city New Orleans flooded to the eaves β€” its people trapped in attics or cowering on rooftops β€” was the nightmare hurricane scenario, think again.

Max Mayfield, director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center, says there’s plenty of potential for a storm worse than Hurricane Katrina, which killed 1,339 people along the U.S. Gulf coast and caused some $80 billion in damage last August.

“People think we have seen the worst. We haven’t” Mayfield told Reuters in an interview at the fortress-like hurricane center in Florida.

“I think the day is coming. I think eventually we’re going to have a very powerful hurricane in a major metropolitan area worse than what we saw in Katrina and it’s going to be a megadisaster. With lots of lost lives” Mayfield said.

“I don’t know whether that’s going to be this year or five years from now or a hundred years from now. But as long as we continue to develop the coastline like we are, we’re setting up for disaster.”

Isn’t this something that even a layman could predict? It seems like every few years we see disasters that are worse than those that happen in previous years, so why all the hype over the ‘hurricane chief’ saying essentially “we don’t now when it’s going to happen, but it’s going to happen”? Such predictions aren’t exactly rocket science, are they?


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