Melissa Block speaks with Hugh Willoughby, meteorology and research professor at Florida International University, about why it is so hard to predict the intensity of hurricanes. He says it's much easier to make a good prediction about where a storm will go than it is to predict how strong it will be. He says one thing that will make hurricane predictions better in the future is the steady march toward more powerful computers.
Irene had lost a lot of power when it hit New England as a tropical storm, but that didn't keep it from packing a punch. Roads and bridges were destroyed in Vermont. And in neighboring New York, a dam gave way, flooding homes and businesses downstream.
Overnight, Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast from North Carolina to New Jersey. The National Hurricane Center reports there will still be heavy winds and rain for the remainder of the day, although the storm is weakening. As many as 3 million people are without power. Guest host John Ydstie and NPR's Joe Palca discuss the causes and aftereffects of Hurricane Irene.
Researchers say there's no evidence to support the widely held belief that there are distinct visual, auditory and kinetic learning styles. Though an industry has sprung up around the idea, psychologists recommend other approaches to help kids retain information.
Retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot have turned hurricane preparation into a science — one that government emergency agencies have begun to embrace. They've deployed hundreds of trucks carrying everything from plywood to Pop-Tarts to stores in the storm's path.
The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.
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