Does a female-named storm impact evacuation? Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University believe they do. In a study published in the June Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers looked at death rates from 94 Atlantic hurricanes that made landfall in the United States from 1950 to 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, those with female names resulted in an average of 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths from male-named storms. Excluded from the study were Hurricanes Audrey (1957) which killed 416 and Katrina (2005) with a death toll of 1,833 because their high death tolls skewed results too heavily.
Kiju Jung of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and colleagues noted, “Feminine-named hurricanes vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to lower perceived risk and consequently less preparedness. Using names such as Eloise and Charlie for referencing hurricanes has … Read More