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The most common ways people die after hurricanes are from falling tree limbs, electrocution by live wires, and drowning. But there’s an additional health concern that those on the east coast, especially New York, should consider: rats.
According to the Huffington Post, New Yorkers should be very concerned about the danger the overwhelming rodent populations poses to the human population.
Rick Ostfeld, a biologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, said displaced rats could spread diseases to the human population: