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Seventy-five years ago last month, The Great New England Hurricane, or the Hurricane of ’38, altered the southern New England coastline and perception of the region’s vulnerability to severe weather. Since then, meteorologists have made huge advances in hurricane forecasting unimagined in the 1930s, while communities have built storm barriers and coastal fortifications. But we’re still vulnerable. Karen Clark, whose consulting firm advises businesses and insurance companies on catastrophe risk and modeling, has developed new tools for estimating the losses that will occur from different storm tracks. She recently released a report on what we could expect if a storm like the Hurricane of 1938 landed in New England today and discusses that and other unpleasant scenarios. more
Winter Storm Nika laid a wintry mix of snow and sleet across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts on Wednesday, with accumulation of 3 to 6 inches in most parts of Rhode Island and close to 12 inches in the northern part of the state. (Updated, Feb. 5, 2:22 p.m.) more
New federal flood maps have made it difficult for some Rhode Island property owners to sell, insure or rebuild their houses, but state officials say the maps still understate how vulnerable beachfront communities are to future storms. more
The U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development has approved the first stage of Rhode Island’s Hurricane Sandy disaster recovery plan, the agency announced Thursday. more
The Solid Waste Association of North America has recognized R.I. Resource Recovery Corporation for “Recycling Systems Excellence.” more
Pawtucket residents can apply to get trees for their sidewalks from the city for free, the city announced Tuesday. more
Federal prosecutors are calling for a $500,000 fine on the Texas natural gas firm that illegally stored liquid mercury for two years in a Pawtucket building, Boston.com reports. more
The Rhode Island Bays, Rivers and Watersheds Coordination Team announced Monday that it will dedicate roughly $900,000 to stormwater management, maritime economic development, climate change adaptation and freshwater monitoring in fiscal year 2014. more
Last week, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, property insurer FM Global issued a whitepaper outlining the importance of assessing natural disaster risk for CEOs and business leaders. more
Citing Rhode Island’s adoption of the 2012 International Code Council building codes, the Insurance Institute of Business & Home Safety said Thursday the state is better prepared in the event of a hurricane compared to its last report. more
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