On September 8, 1900, a category 4 hurricane struck the United States. It is estimated that 6,000 to 8,000 people lost their lives in this storm. This is known for being one of the worst hurricanes in history. People did not prepare for this hurricane because they did not know it was coming.
Fortunately, weather technology has come a long way. Bruce Katz is a meteorologist for Fox 8. He stated that technology has gotten so advanced that people can know that a hurricane is coming long before it makes landfall. Bruce stated that the technology also allows people to see things in real time. You can see where a storm is every three to five minutes.
The weather technology has a number of benefits. If people know that a hurricane is coming, then they can prepare for it before it comes. Many people are able to evacuate and stock up on supplies. However, this weather technology has a number of downsides.
Bruce stated that he is experiencing stress and anxiety because his phone is constantly blowing up. His family members and friends are constantly calling him because they want to know where the storm is coming. Dr. Brobson Lutz is an internal medicine physician. He stated that people’s anxiety increases every time there is a storm near the Gulf or Atlantic Ocean.
Dr. Lutz has warned people that long-term anxiety can have a number of negative effects on the body. He stated that the fight or flight hormones are released during times of intense stress. This is not good for the body because it can raise blood pressure. It can also increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Even though Dr. Lutz is concerned about the effects of stress caused by hurricane warnings, he also stated that these warnings can potentially save lives. He also recommends that people have a strong support system.