Storms hit poorer people harder

The remnants of a destroyed home stand more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island on October 6, 2017. (Credit: Getty/Mario Tama)

The ferocious “frankenstorm” known as Sandy that ripped through greater New York City five years ago remains one for the record books. Like this year’s hurricane season, it racked up tens of billions of dollars in economic damages.

Superstorm Sandy had another close, yet under-appreciated, similarity to this year’s hurricanes: less affluent...

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