Global & Disaster Medicine

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At least 28 people have been killed and more than a million forced from their homes as Typhoon Lekima hit China

Krosa and Lekima

Typhoon Lekima and Krosa

Typhoon Lekima

7/31/1715: A hurricane strikes the east coast of Florida, sinking 10 Spanish treasure ships and killing nearly 1,000 people


Erick and Flossie

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Hurricane Florence–Related Emergency Department Visits — North Carolina, 2018

Tanz LJ, Hoffman MN, Dandeneau D, et al. Notes from the Field: Hurricane Florence–Related Emergency Department Visits — North Carolina, 2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:631–632. DOI: icon

The figure is a bar chart showing the percentage of hurricane-related emergency department visits for injuries, illnesses, medication refills, or other reasons before, during, and after Hurricane Florence in North Carolina during September 7–28, 2018.

Hurricane-related emergency department (ED) visits before, during, and after* Hurricane Florence — North Carolina, September 7–28, 2018



Decaying Barry may still produce very heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley.

NEWS RELEASE July 15, 2019

Louisiana Department of Health reminds residents to be cautious around floodwater LAKE CHARLES, La. — Louisiana residents in the Lake Charles region are advised to remain cautious about floodwater after Tropical Storm Barry. Lake Charles and the surrounding parishes have an abundance of small, individual sewage systems such as those with septic tanks. Many of these have been inundated with floodwater that may be contaminated with sewage, bacteria and other dangerous substances. Floodwater also may conceal hidden dangers such as wildlife, exposed electrical wires or sharp objects. If your community has experienced flooding, the safest course of action is to stay out of the water. Media should call Dr. Lacey Cavanaugh, regional medical director, at (337) 475-3227.

Storm QPF

Barry forecasts for the next several days

Graphic for MPD #0592


Now it’s Hurricane Barry!


“…….Hurricane Barry has strengthened slightly, with maximum sustained wind speeds at 75 miles per hour, and gusts even higher. The center of the hurricane was about 40 miles south of Lafayette, swirling above Marsh Island……

The storm is moving northwest at 6 m.p.h., and forecasters predicted it would continue through central Louisiana on Saturday night…….”



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