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Natural disasters : hurricanes : a reference handbook
Fitzpatrick, Patrick J.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

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xx, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
An overview of hurricanes -- Chronology -- Biographical sketches -- Data, opinions, letters, and mitigation -- Directory of organizations -- Print, electronic and Internet resources.
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QC944 .F58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
QC944 .F58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This easily accessible reference work reveals the workings of savage tropical storms, charts their actions and cycles, assesses their economic and environmental impact, and reviews the latest research on hurricanes.

Author Notes

Patrick J. Fitzpatrick is assistant professor of meteorology at Jackson State University, Jackson, MS.

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Booklist Review

Volumes in the Contemporary World Issues series, intended as guides to doing research at the high-school and undergraduate levels. Natural Disasters: Hurricanes represents a different direction for the series, which more often deals with disasters of the human-made variety.

Choice Review

This hodgepodge of hurricane information is not directed at a particular audience. It is an encyclopedia of past storms from the 14th century through September 1999 with many tables of data, including statistics such as deadliest and costliest storm. The Internet/Web sources cited will be outdated shortly. Fitzpatrick (Jackson State Univ., Mississippi) lists and discusses people, organizations, books, and a chronology of weather advances regarding hurricanes. He includes past modification efforts such as project Stormfury as well as a discussion of how global warming might affect the number and intensity of tropical storms. Excerpts from other works discuss construction and protecting one's home from storm damage. The necessity for rapid evacuation when danger threatens is recommended. Certainly floods are given as the biggest danger, and both safety tips and recovering flood-damaged property are discussed. There are no maps of storm tracks or damage potential. This book will be useful for its encyclopedic content. General readers; graduate students; faculty and researchers. A. E. Staver; emeritus, Northern Illinois University