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Why do more people die in hurricanes with female names?

Statistical analysis showed that the death toll for severe hurricanes with more feminine names was much higher than that for hurricanes with masculine names—and it all comes back to implicit bias

By Pragya Agarwal  

Hurricane Katia, left, Hurricane Irma, center, and Hurricane Jose, right, are shown in the Atlantic Ocean. Photo: PA

On 5th September, the UK Met Office along with Met Éirenann, the Meteorological service in the Republic of Ireland and their new partner the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), revealed the storm names for 2019-20.

Having names makes it easier for people to keep track of severe weather warnings and also increase the awareness of any impending severe weather condition. In the UK, the practice of giving storm names only started in…

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