January 31, 2019

LCIC 2019 Film Festival: Rise of the Superstorms

Rise of the Superstorms
Showing at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Rated PG. Runtime is 60 minutes.

In just one 2017 season Houston, Florida, and the Caribbean were changed forever. Three hurricanes swept in from the Atlantic one after another, shattering storm records and killing hundreds of people. First, Harvey brought catastrophic rain and flooding to Houston, causing $125 billion in damage. Less than two weeks later, Irma lashed the Caribbean with 185 mile per hour winds - and left the island of Barbuda uninhabitable. Hot on Irma's heels, Maria intensified from a Category 1 to a Category 5 hurricane in just 15 hours, then ravaged Puerto Rico and left millions of people without power. As the planet warms, are these superstorms the new normal? And as the U.S. faces the next hurricane season, does it need to prepare for the reality of climate refugees? NOVA takes you inside the 2017 superstorms and the cutting-edge research that will determine how well equipped we are to deal with hurricanes in the future.