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People in these 16 states are woefully unprepared for the next natural disaster

Fires, hurricanes, floods, tornados, and other natural disasters are becoming increasingly common in the US. But only three in ten American families have an emergency preparedness kit, while 42% of Americans say they're not at all prepared for disaster.

Hurricanes and typhoons are becoming ‘sluggish’ — and that makes them more destructive

Hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical storms are moving more slowly over the Earth's surface, especially over land. That doesn't mean these storms are any less powerful — instead, it allows them more time to dump rain and whip coasts with powerful winds, making them more destructive.

The first storm of this year’s hurricane season has arrived, and it’s headed for the Gulf Coast

Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first named cyclone of the 2018 hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center. Alberto formed in the northwest Caribbean Sea and is headed for the Gulf Coast, where it's expected to bring heavy flooding rains and powerful winds.
People are rescued from a neighborhood flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, August 28, 2017.

The Coast Guard chief describes how the US remains unprepared to deal with the effects of climate change

The US military, despite Trump's directives otherwise, has continued to prepare for the effects of climate change, but the US public still has work to do.

The most stunning science photos of 2017

Looking at the world through the lens of science brings into focus creatures so small they can't be seen with the naked eye, and galaxies too big to comprehend.
A member of the Puerto Rican National Guard dodges downed power cables as he hands out food and water to a neighborhood following Hurricane Maria in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, October 4, 2017. Picture taken October 4, 2017.

HISCOX: 2017 has been a ‘historic year for catastrophes’

The insurance group said claims from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria alone would total an estimated $225 million.
A detached piece of roof is hurled through the air by strong winds in Cork, Ireland, by storm Ophelia.

Hurricane Ophelia lashed Ireland with 118mph winds and killed 3 people

Wind speeds of 118mph have been recorded just off the Irish coast, as the powerful weather system moves in.
CNN's Leyla Santiago reporting from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.

‘People are eating dog food’: Reporter gives harrowing account from Puerto Rico

"The desperation is getting out of hand," CNN's Leyla Santiago said on Tuesday, reporting from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

15 images show the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Puerto Rico

Photos show how Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, devastated the US territory of Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria is thrashing the Caribbean

Hurricane Maria, the third-strongest hurricane ever to hit the US, left 100% of Puerto Rico without power. It's on the move in the Caribbean.