Hurricanes, floods and disasters: a SmartPlanet roundup

Hurricane Irene is approaching the eastern United States. Here's a SmartPlanet roundup of hurricane-, flood- and disaster-related articles for you to enjoy, learn from and share.

As the (currently category 3Hurricane Irene hurtles toward the eastern seaboard of the United States, it is perhaps timely to read up on all the ways researchers around the world detect, monitor, defend against and even destroy a tropical cyclone.

It has only been just over two years since we first relaunched SmartPlanet, but we've already amassed an impressive library of hurricane-, flood- and disaster-related articles for you to enjoy, learn from and share.

Here are the highlights:

Exclusive video:

Photo gallery:

Original interviews:

Event coverage:

Research reports:

News briefs:

And more from our sister sites:

To stay on top of breaking hurricane updates and alerts, make sure to consult the National Weather Service's Hurricane Center and a special report compiled by our colleagues at CBS News.

Photo: NOAA

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