7 Things That Are Worse Than the Texas Heat
Weeks (and even months) of the heat in Texas can seem like a never-ending nightmare, but believe it or not, El Pasoans don't have it all that bad.
Hey, they don't call it The Sun City for nothin'!
The sun and the heat are one thing - but mix it with one of the dangers below and all of a sudden an annoyance can turn into a catastrophe.
- Natural Disasters: Events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis can cause widespread destruction, loss of life, and long-term devastation to affected regions.
- Flooding: Severe and prolonged flooding can lead to widespread destruction of homes, infrastructure, and agricultural land. It can displace populations, cause waterborne diseases, and result in significant economic losses.
- Drought: Prolonged periods of drought can have devastating effects on agriculture, leading to crop failure, food shortages, and water scarcity. It can also result in economic losses, environmental degradation, and increased conflicts over limited resources.
- Wildfires: Intense wildfires can rapidly spread and cause extensive damage to ecosystems, homes, and communities. They release harmful smoke and pollutants into the air, pose risks to human health, and can result in loss of life.
- Severe Storms: Violent storms, including severe thunderstorms and hailstorms, can cause property damage, disrupt infrastructure, and endanger lives due to strong winds, lightning, and large hail.
- Pollution and Environmental Degradation: Long-term exposure to high levels of pollution, such as air pollution or water pollution, can have severe health consequences and negatively impact ecosystems and biodiversity.
- Disease Outbreaks: Pandemics or widespread outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can have far-reaching consequences, including loss of life, strain on healthcare systems, economic disruption, and social upheaval.