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Northeast hurricane threat growing [07/31/2006]

Northeast hurricane threat growing

NEW YORK (UPI) -- The apparently increasing likelihood that a hurricane will hit New England could cost the United States $200 billion, CBS NEWS reported.

"The risk is increasing and it's increasing every year," catastrophe risk analyst Karen Clark told the network.

A direct hit on New York's Long Island by a Category 3 or higher hurricane would cost $100 billion, and the cost of such a northeast hurricane hitting central New Jersey would be $200 billion in damages and lost business," Clark said.

Weather experts say that the chances of such a storm are three times higher than usual.

Phil Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University, told CBS, "A Category 3 storm could do a surge of more like a Category 4 or 5, so you could see 20 to 25 feet of water."

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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