Comparison of the urban landscape and socioeconomic effects of Hurricanes Ivan and Sally in Escambia County, Florida

Tropical cyclones present substantial threats to coastal communities around the globe. In the United States alone, tropical cyclones (aka hurricanes) have caused over 1.8 billion in
economic loss and over 6500 deaths since 1980 (NOAA. 2021 ), Hurricane winds can cause trees to be uprooted from the ground, damaging homes, powerlines, blocking roads, etc. However. most of the damage caused by hurricanes comes from flooding and storm surge. The area of focus for this study is Escambia County, Florida. On September 16, 2004. a category 3 hurricane, Hurrican Ivan, made landfall near Gulf Shores. Alabama and tore through the area. including Escambia County, Florida. Exactly 16 years later, on September 16. 2020. Hurricane Sally (category 2) made landfall also near Gulf Shores, Alabama, and devastated the region.
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Abstract/Description: Tropical cyclones present substantial threats to coastal communities around the globe. In the United States alone, tropical cyclones (aka hurricanes) have caused over 1.8 billion in economic loss and over 6500 deaths since 1980 (NOAA. 2021 ), Hurricane winds can cause trees to be uprooted from the ground, damaging homes, powerlines, blocking roads, etc. However. most of the damage caused by hurricanes comes from flooding and storm surge. The area of focus for this study is Escambia County, Florida. On September 16, 2004. a category 3 hurricane, Hurrican Ivan, made landfall near Gulf Shores. Alabama and tore through the area. including Escambia County, Florida. Exactly 16 years later, on September 16. 2020. Hurricane Sally (category 2) made landfall also near Gulf Shores, Alabama, and devastated the region.
Subject(s): Socioeconomic variables
Undergraduate Research
Escambia County, Florida
Hurricanes
Flooding damage