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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


  • Hobbes

    How many tax dollars went into this “study?”

    Here’s how stupid the whole name thing is… First, there was an uproar because all hurricanes were named using female names. So, using females names “bad,” got it? Then, after adding male names, we got complaints we didn’t have enough ethnic names. So, using ethnic names “good.” You just can’t win these days when everybody is offended by everything.

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