Storm Tracker

November 23, 2009 | Newsmakers

If you think the probability of a monster hurricane hitting the metro area is slim, think again, says geologist Nicholas Coch. “New York and Miami are acknowledged by the National Hurricane Center as the most dangerous places for a hurricane to make landfall,” says Coch, a professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College. Prof. Coch, who has conducted research in sedimentology, coastal geology, and most recently, in hurricanes and their damage patterns, discusses the havoc caused in New York by past storms, including a Category 2 that swallowed an entire island. “Hog Island existed a thousand feet off the coast of the Rockaways and after August 23, 1893, it had disappeared.”

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