A convenience store, seen Sept. 12, 2017, collapsed under the fury of Hurricane Irma. (Chris Ragazzo/FEMA)

Atlantic Hurricanes Are Strengthening Faster, Partially Because of Climate Change, Study Finds

Hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin are exploding into monster storms at a rapid pace more and more often, and climate change is one reason why, a new study has found.

Published Thursday in the journal Nature Communications, the findings compiled by a team of hurricane experts – several of whom work for NOAA – concluded that rapid intensification is happening more often than it should.

The result can be a hurricane that grows from a relatively tame Category 1 to a massive Category 4 or 5 storm, the most recent example being Hurricane Michael, which ravaged the Florida Panhandle last October (the Gulf of Mexico is included as part of the Atlantic Basin).

Read more at The Weather Channel

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