Hurricane Irma

According to NOAA Hurricane Center, regarding Hurricane Irma: "The chance of direct impacts is increasing in portions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina." - September 7, 11 am EST
NOAA and the National Weather Service are tracking Irma and have compiled safety tips and resources for individuals to be prepared for the storm and potential hazards. Please visit the links below to learn more about how to take action before, during, and after the hurricane. 



Media Coverage on Annual Hurricane Conference:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session



Dr. Jeff Masters provides hurricane updates on his Weather Underground blog.
Hurricane Hazel toppled trees in 1954. 
Hurricane Hazel dumped more than 2 inches of rain on the east coast.
How Costly Are Natural Hazards?
Science Codex examines natural hazards cost assessment trends. 
South Carolina Floods of October 2015
An analysis by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences &Assessments (CISA) at the University of South Carolina of the climatological and hydrological conditions which contributed to this extreme event and how to consider future risks as communities recover and rebuild.
Fayetteville Tops List for Natural Disaster Potential
The Fayetteville Observer reports the results of a national housing risk report; Fayetteville's history of fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes places the city among the metropolitan areas at high risk for natural disasters.


New analysis from RFF looks at a quarter century of federal flood insurance data to determine whether the benefits of the program are tied to income.

11/8/12: Could Home Prices Come Back Even Stronger After Sandy?
CNHR Assistant Director Craig Landry and CNHR Associate Paul Bin's research is cited in Steven Yoder's article, "Could Home Prices Come Back Even Stronger After Sandy?" in the Fiscal Times.

CNHR Assistant Director Craig Landry and CNHR Associate Paul Bin's research has been cited in Christopher Matthews' article "Will Hurricane Sandy Drive Down Coastal Home Prices?" in TIME magazine's Business & Money section.

CNHR Director Dr. Jamie Kruse has won the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, and Assistant Director Dr. Craig Landry has won the Five Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity.

WCTI12 interviewed CNHR Research Associate Dr. Thomas Allen about his tornado hypothesis.


ECU students showcased their scientific, creative, and educational graphics on a 21x6-foot visualization wall.


09/09/10: Satellites Spot Imminent Natural Disasters
A pair of robotic eyes in the sky could help forecasters predict volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. 

08/26/10: Huge Losses Put Federal Flood Insurance Plan in Red
Interesting overview of repetitive loss problem in the National Flood Insurance Program.


Tracking the movement of the inlet created at mid-Pea Island by Hurricane Irene on August 27th, 2011.

North Carolina Counties' Participation in the Community Rating System of NFIP
CNHR Assistant Director Craig Landry and Coastal Resources Management Doctoral Student Jingyuan Li's research is featured in the latest Association of Flood Plain Managers Newsletter.

IBHS Stresses Proactive Approach to Resiliency During National Preparedness Month
The first step for residents to be prepared is to determine the natural hazards common in their area. IBHS' website, offers a ZIP code–based tool that will generate a list of the risks common to various geographic areas.

Double jeopardy: Building codes may underestimate risks due to multiple hazards
"This is because current codes consider natural hazards individually, explains NIST's Dat Duthinh, a research structural engineer. So, if earthquakes rank as the top threat in a particular area, local codes require buildings to withstand a specified seismic load." 

03/11/11: Experts Cite Economic, Societal Cost of Tornadoes
The deadliest states for tornadoes are in the South, while the safest states are in the West and in New England. 

03/11/11: Japan Disaster Should Serve as a Warning Here to Be Prepared
The CNHR's Dr. Craig Landry discusses the disaster in Japan with WITN News. 

U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook
While the 2011 flood outlook for North Carolina is average, the drought outlook is a different story. For the period April-June 2011, in central North Carolina drought is expected to persist or intensify, and drought development is likely for eastern North Carolina. 

A press release about Ms. Huffer's SAS Ambassadorship.


Faculty in the Department of Geography’s division of Atmospheric Science and Geomorphology will present “Wind and Water: The Science of Hurricane Forecasting and Impacts in a Changing Climate,” at East Carolina University. Click here to read the announcement.

05/20/08: World Disaster Hotspots
Article that discusses a recent risk analysis study by a team from the World Bank and Columbia University on natural disaster hotspots around the world. 

05/02/08: ECU Researchers Want to Know What Makes People Flee (or Face) Impending Coastal Storms [431 KB]
Three CNHR Research Associates receive an award to study risk perception and emergency communication from NC Sea Grant. Read about it in the latest edition of 'Exploration & Discovery' 

04/30/08: NC State Leads Effort to Create 'Next Generation' of Experts on Hazards and Natural Disasters
Dr. Jamie Kruse, Director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research at East Carolina University, has been selected to serve as an experienced mentor for a newly funded NCSU project to train up-and-coming hazards researchers to study disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

04/30/08: Inexpensive Roof Vent Could Prevent Billions Of Dollars In Wind Damage
Hurricanes often lift the roofs off buildings and expose them to havoc and damaging conditions, even after the worst of the wind has passed. A local roofer, Virginia Tech faculty members from architecture and engineering, and a graduate student have devised an inexpensive vent that can reduce roof uplift on buildings during high winds, even a hurricane. 

04/10/08: 'Well Above-average' Hurricane Season Forecast For 2008
The Colorado State University forecast team upgraded its early season forecast today from the Bahamas Weather Conference, saying the U.S. Atlantic basin will likely experience a well above-average hurricane season. 

Every year, storms over West Africa disturb millions of tons of dust and strong winds carry those particles into the skies over the Atlantic. According to a recent study led by University of Wisconsin-Madison atmospheric scientists, this dust from Africa directly affects ocean temperature. 

01/31/08: Increased Hurricane Activity Linked To Sea Surface Warming
The link between changes in the temperature of the sea's surface and increases in North Atlantic hurricane activity has been quantified for the first time. 

01/25/08: Warmer Ocean Could Reduce Number Of Atlantic Hurricane Landfalls
A warming global ocean — influencing the winds that shear off the tops of developing storms — could mean fewer Atlantic hurricanes striking the United States according to new findings by NOAA climate scientists.


The Center for Natural Hazards Research at East Carolina University announced today that North Carolina Speaker of the House Joe Hackney has appointed Dr. Jamie Kruse to serve on the Offshore Energy Exploration Study Committee. The joint committee will study the environmental and economic impacts of energy exploration along North Carolina’s coast.


The National Economy Has Rebounded but Economists Tell ABC News the Gulf Region Still Struggles.

01/13/06: NSF Grants Enable ECU to Study Katrina's Economic Impact
The Center for Natural Hazards Research at East Carolina University received more than $200,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation this month to study the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the gulf region and investigate reconstruction efforts in New Orleans.

01/09/06: Center Director Discusses Hurricane Economics on WUNC Radio Program
Dr. Jamie Kruse, Director of the Natural Hazards Research Center at ECU, discussed the economic realities of hurricanes on WUNC Radio on November 30, 2005. Hosted by Melinda Penkava. Audio of the program is available.


Researchers have found that when residents of the U.S. southeastern states look skyward for rain to alleviate a long-term drought, they should be hoping for a tropical storm over a hurricane for more reasons than one. According to a new study using NASA satellite data, smaller tropical storms do more to alleviate droughts than hurricanes.

09/21/07: How Will Hurricanes Affect Evacuation Along Coastal Roadways?
More than 60,000 miles of United States roadways are in the 100-year coastal floodplain, making them vulnerable to attacks from water surges and storm waves generated by hurricanes.

05/04/07: Hurricane Prediction Should Improve With New Computer Model
Scientists at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have helped to develop and test a new, high-resolution computer model to better understand how air-sea interactions directly affect hurricane intensity, a factor not yet possible in the current operational forecast models. 

04/18/07: Global Warming Increases Wind Shear, Reduces Hurricanes, Climate Model Shows
Climate model simulations for the 21st century indicate a robust increase in wind shear in the tropical Atlantic due to global warming, which may inhibit hurricane development and intensification. Historically, increased wind shear has been associated with reduced hurricane activity and intensity. 

01/28/07: NC Sea Grant Enables ECU to Study Emergency Communication
East Carolina University has received a grant from the N.C. Sea Grant to study how the state’s coastal residents receive and use emergency information. The $120,000 grant will enable researchers from the departments of English and sociology to study how to more effectively deliver to the public information about weather-related risks and hazards.


In addition to providing support and coordination for research and outreach on natural hazard risks, the center will help to determine methods to reduce potential losses of life, property and infrastructure during weather emergencies.  

07/14/04: NOAA Grants more than $2.9 Million to Support Coastal Zone Management in North Carolina
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $2,940,000 to the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources to continue the administration and execution of its coastal management program. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  

03/15/04: "Faces from the Flood: Hurricane Floyd Remembered" Book Signing [162 KB]
The Center for Natural Hazards Research - along with the Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina (FoR ENC), The Little Bank, Sprint, East Carolina Bank, and Greenville Utilities - hosted a special book-signing event honoring State Treasurer Richard Moore. This article includes excerpts from an interview with Treasurer Moore by Impressions Magazine.


NOAA hurricane forecasters are predicting another above-normal hurricane season on the heels of last year's destructive and historic hurricane season. "NOAA's prediction for the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season is for 12 to 15 tropical storms, with seven to nine becoming hurricanes, of which three to five could become major hurricanes," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, PhD.

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