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In late August, the National Weather Service warned that severe weather was possible in parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and New England.
On Monday, the forecast was more dire.
The National Weather Radio predicted the death toll from a superstorm to exceed 10,000 in California and New Mexico.
“We are going to see storms on a lot of coasts,” said Steve Kowalski, the director of the National Hurricane Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
“These storms are going too fast for the National Guard to react to.”
And there was more.
The weather service’s office in New Orleans warned that winds could reach 110 mph on a small island off the coast of Louisiana, and wind gusts of 120 mph were possible along the coast.
But in California, the winds were down to 60 mph, the NWS said.
And in Texas, the wind gust readings were down 50 percent.
The NWS has already issued an “extreme threat” warning for the western part of the state, with winds as high as 90 mph in the cities of El Paso and Brownsville.
The severe weather warning also includes coastal areas of Texas, Texas, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.
At the same time, the storms were threatening to knock out power to more than 80 million Americans, which would cause a blackout.
“That would cause catastrophic damage to the electric grid,” said Andrew Fauci, a senior meteorologist at the NHC.
“The power system is the backbone of the American economy, and it’s very vulnerable right now.”
And that vulnerability, Fauji added, “is a serious concern.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is coordinating weather forecasts and other disaster-preparedness measures in the United States, is also on high alert for a super storm, and the agency said it has been deploying weather teams in areas to monitor and warn of potential hazards.
“It’s a pretty clear picture that this is a very real threat, and we will do everything possible to prepare and respond to it,” the agency’s acting administrator, Kevin Fitzgerald, said during a press conference on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to overstate it, but I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this has already occurred.”
The NHC is also working to prepare for super storms in the U.S., as well as other storms in Europe and the Asia Pacific.
But the agency says its own efforts to prepare have been underfunded.
“As a result, our preparedness efforts have not been as focused as they should be,” Fitzgerald said.
“Our preparedness needs are not as well-coordinated as they could be.”
The threat of super storms, and climate change, is growing.
“Climate change is making extreme weather more intense and more frequent,” said Michael Toth, a professor of meteorology and climate science at the University of California at Davis.
“And we’ve seen that in the last couple of years.”
And the impact could be even more dire, according to experts.
“If we have a super-storm in the next two years, it will be the most significant event on record,” Toth said.
According to a new report from the National Climate Assessment, the impacts of climate change will lead to an increase in extreme weather.
By 2045, the report found, the impact of climate-induced heatwaves, floods, droughts, and other severe weather events will increase to 4.2 percent of global economic output.
That’s up from 1.4 percent in 2010.
The report also said the number of days that have been in extreme drought and heat waves will increase by 5.2 million and 6.5 million days, respectively.
“This is going to be a lot worse,” said Paul Jaffe, a researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
“You’re talking about more than 3 billion people, including all the poor and the people who can’t work because they’re in poverty.”
The U.N. says more than 1 billion people are at risk of extreme weather and that it could take more than 100 years for the world to avoid them.
And while the U,S.
has been preparing for super-storms, the region is in the midst of a drought.
“Drought is the new normal,” Tichina said.