What’s in a (hurricane) name? More deaths: study | Reuters

A plea for help is seen on the roof of a home flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana September 4, 2005.

A plea for help is seen on the roof of a home flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana September 4, 2005.

 

(Reuters) – Would more residents of New Orleans have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 if it had been named Kurt?

 

A study published on Monday suggests they would have, perhaps reducing Katrina’s death toll of more than 1,800.

 

Because people unconsciously think a storm with a female name is less dangerous than one with a masculine name, those in its path are less likely to flee, and are therefore more vulnerable to harm.

 

As a result, strong Atlantic hurricanes with the most feminine names caused an estimated five times more deaths than those with the most masculine names, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wrote in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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