Safety

Improved technology helps, but doesn't solve, potential problems from hurricanes in Carolinas

Emergency Management Alert, September 22, 2009

Since Hurricane Hugo hit the Carolinas in 1989, emergency response operations and technology has advanced greatly, but with a rising sea and population—including plenty of people who didn't live in the area when Hugo hit, the advances don't translate into a fool-proof response when the next hurricane hits, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Eight Category 5 hurricanes roiled the Atlantic in the 2000s, more than in any decade since satellite observations began in the 1960s. Hugo proved that rural communities are often left isolated for days, and traffic forced slow evacuations out of Charlestown and Myrtle Beach, reports the Charlotte Observer.

Source: Charlotte Observer.

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