FSU Researchers Create New Model For Predicting Hurricane Damage

Oct 9, 2014

Hurricane Ike
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A pair of Florida State University researchers have a new way to better predict damage from hurricanes.

Professor Vasu Misra says the model will give forecasters a greater understanding of potential storm surge damages. 

Mirsa says, “As we move forward, this additional information will act as a complement for the forecaster who would like to warn the public about the strength of the storm, as well as possibly the size and intensity of the storm.” 

The current method of hurricane forecasting looks at wind. The new model will also take into account size. Researchers say a bigger hurricane can cover more area, hit more things and cause more damage. Misra tested his model on storms like Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina.