Report: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male-named hurricanes because people don’t respect them

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People don’t take female-named hurricanes as seriously as male-named hurricanes, according to a study referenced in an article from the Washington Post.

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests female-named storms have historically killed more because people many do not consider them as risky and do not take appropriate precautions.

Researchers examined hurricane death rates according to gender from 1950-2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, female-named hurricanes produced an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths for male-named storms.

“[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll,” the study suggests.

Read more: Washington Post

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