Fleeing Disaster Is Hard. Climate Change Is Making It Harder

Hurricane Ida and California wildfires are two sides of the same coin: On a warmer planet, it’s getting harder to evacuate from extreme events.

In Louisiana, Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, devastating communities with 150-mile-per-hour winds and towering storm surges. And in California, the Caldor Fire, which has burned 320 square miles and destroyed over 700 structures, rapidly advanced toward South Lake Tahoe on Monday. In a scene eerily reminiscent of the chaotic 2018 evacuation of Paradise during the Camp Fire—when 86 people died, many in their cars on the road out of town—evacuees sat in gridlock, desperate to flee the

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