Monday, October 6, 2003

More people, technology boost hurricane impact: "Last month, more than a million residents lost power in New York. In Virginia, the lights went out for 1.6 million customers, and the figures ranged in the hundreds of thousands in the other states affected by Isabel.

"It may seem that every year the weather gets worse. Every hurricane, deep freeze or tornado appears to set new records. Nature, however, has not gone wild. The reason for unprecedented numbers of service outages and homes damaged is twofold: the population along the U.S. East Coast has risen in the past 30 years; and our use of information technology."

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