With major natural disasters coming more often, the insurance industry is looking at how it needs to change its rates and formulas account for this new volatility. It's just one more reflection of changing climates.
As the northeast picks up from the hurricane that roared ashore this week, election officials are left trying to figure out how to hold elections in places where residents have been evacuated and power is spotty, or non-existent. In Ocean County, N.J., they've adapted their vote-by-mail system to compensate.
As New Yorkers clean up from Hurricane Sandy, they're also considering what they might do to stop such a storm surge in the future. It's a common problem facing leaders of cities the world over.
At least one person died and another person is missing, though 14 people have survived, when the HMS Bounty, a replica of the famed 18th century ship, sunk on Monday. It was a casualty of the rough seas and high winds from Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy broke records when it came ashore Monday night. It brought 13-foot storm surges to New York City and inundated cities along the Jersey Shore. Millions of people were left without power. Tuesday, officials there were evaluating damage while inland, people prepared for blizzard conditions.
The northeast United States is bracing Monday for Hurricane Sandy to move on shore with winds approaching 100 mph and a storm surge that is already inundating cities in New York and New Jersey. This Frankenstorm is moving in a weird way, something that's unexpected more than once in 500 years.
Many in Haiti are still without permanent housing, years after the earthquake that rocked the country. Many of them live on land belonging to others, or in situations that may be dangerous, and they're upset be efforts to move them out.
Hurricane Isaac was no match for New Orleans' newly reinforced flood control system. But outside the flood walls and pumping systems, Louisiana suffered. For one farmer in Plaquemines Parish, the rising waters killed 400 of his 500 cattle.
With winds of at least 75 mph, expected to climb slightly higher, Hurricane Isaac was prepared to hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, especially Louisiana. While the winds are relatively light, forecasters are worried the slow-moving storm will dump a lot of rain on top of an area that's already quite soggy.
Tropical Storm Isaac got stronger Monday afternoon, nearly reaching hurricane status. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will have 100 mph winds when it comes ashore near New Orleans Tuesday or Wednesday. A rebuilt levee system, costing some $14.5 billion, will meet it.