What’s in a name? It’s a question that’s been ruminated over since the time of Shakespeare, and one that is still being contemplated today when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes.
“Giving it a name definitely makes a difference in terms of behavior,” Dr. Robert Collins, a professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy at Dillard University in New Orleans, told AccuWeather National Reporter Bill Wadell.
People behave, prepare and react differently, and it “definitely makes a difference” when a storm is given a name by the NHC, Collins added. “There’s no question about that.”
Unnamed storms are often underestimated, though they can still cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage.