Climate Change Drives Hurricanes To Stay Stronger Over Land: Study

"Findings reveal additional way hurricanes are becoming more destructive in a warming world"

"In early October 2018, Hurricane Michael bulldozed its way across the Florida Panhandle as a rare Category 5 storm. While its damage along the shore was near total, it also was an example of a storm that remained dangerously intense quite a distance inland. About 140 miles inland, in and around Albany, Ga., Michael was still producing hurricane-force wind gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center.

About 3,000 residential buildings in Albany sustained damage, and 49 were destroyed. There was also extensive crop damage in the state, as some areas saw sustained winds well above hurricane intensity, or 75 mph.

Now a new study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, shows that storms such as Michael that extend their damaging path far inland are becoming more likely to occur as ocean temperatures increase in response to human-caused global warming."

Andrew Freedman and Chris Mooney report for the Washington Post November 11, 2020.

Source: Washington Post, 11/12/2020