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Are Hurricanes Getting Worse?
Sep 12, 2018 at 02:49 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Hurricane Florence is currently a powerful hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean, threatening the Southeastern United States and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic states.
  • The storm system acquired tropical storm strength on September 1st, and gained enough strength by September 10th to be classified as a Category 4 major hurricane.
  • The National Hurricane Center’s projected track has Florence hovering off the southern North Carolina coast from Thursday night until landfall Saturday morning or so.
  • Florence has estimated wind speeds above 130 mph, and it is forecasted to dump feet of rain on the region. 
  • Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have declared states of emergency and ordered mandatory evacuations along the coast.

Food For Thought

Is climate change creating more dangerous hurricanes? Will Hurricane Florence have an effect on U.S. energy and climate policy?

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