Hurricane Florence destruction may be worse because of climate change

Hurricane Florence

JIM EFSTATHIOU JR. and ERIC ROSTON / BLOOMBERG – As Hurricane Florence barrels toward North Carolina, it’s being strengthened and guided by a one-two punch of climate factors scientists have been tracking for years.

Florence, which threatens to be the most severe storm to hit North Carolina in more than 60 years, is being steered by a high-pressure ridge associated with unusually warm ocean temperatures. That’s discouraging it from turning north or east, a shift that could spare coastal communities the storm’s worst. Meanwhile, a weakened jet stream means that Florence is more likely to linger, raising the specter of devastating flooding …

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