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What If an Irma-Like Hurricane Hit the New York City Metro Area?

September 20, 2017
Christopher Flavelle & Henry Goldman - Bloomberg

It sounds like a Hollywood disaster movie.

A Category 5 hurricane churning in the mid-Atlantic suddenly veers northwest -- and heads straight for New York City.

The good news is that, for now, experts agree a Cat 5-sized deluge appears to be a meteorological impossibility in the U.S. Northeast, given today’s sea temperatures and weather patterns.

The bad news: A storm doesn’t need to pack the wallop of a Harvey or an Irma to knock out the region. Superstorm Sandy, whose wind speed was a relatively tame 80 miles per hour when it reached New Jersey, did $70 billion of damage in October 2012. Irma made landfall in Puerto Rico at 185 mph.

Reprinted courtesy of Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg and Henry Goldman, Bloomberg



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