Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 439–447, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-439-2017

Special issue: Risk and uncertainty estimation in natural hazards

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 17, 439–447, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-17-439-2017

Research article 21 Mar 2017

Research article | 21 Mar 2017

The influence of an extended Atlantic hurricane season on inland flooding potential in the southeastern United States

Monica H. Stone and Sagy Cohen

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This research was conducted in order to determine what effect a longer hurricane season is likely to have on flooding risk in the southeastern United States. We found that an extension of the hurricane season to May–December (just 2 months longer) increased the number of days that would be at risk to flooding were the average tropical cyclone to occur by 28–180 %. This is signifiant, as global climate change is likely to increase sea surface temperatures and extend the hurricane season.
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