When Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf Coast in 2008, it killed 74 people and caused $30 billion in damage. Yet despite the destruction, scientists and some public officials say residents got lucky. If an Ike-sized storm made a direct hit on Houston, home to one of America’s largest energy hubs, the results would be catastrophic.
And while this hasn’t happened yet, scientists say it’s only a matter of time.
On this week’s episode, we teamed up with The Texas Tribune and ProPublica to investigate exactly what might happen when the next big one hits – and whether the proper protections are in place.
Hypotheticals aside, we’ve already seen the lingering impact that hurricanes from Katrina to Sandy have left on communities around the country. And we want to hear your stories about how a hurricane has changed your life.
Using the form below, tell us your hurricane or major storm story.
We’re looking for a range of experiences – from the challenges of rebuilding to the unexpected heroes that helped pick up the pieces. This could be your story or that of your community, family or friends.