Hurricane Florence’s rains may be 50% worse thanks to climate change

LAURA PARKER / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – The catastrophic rains expected to accompany Hurricane Florence along the U.S. East Coast can be blamed squarely on climate change, new research shows. The rainfall is projected to be more than 50 percent worse than it would have been without global warming, a team of scientists say. The hurricane’s size is predicted to be about 50 miles (80 kilometers) wider for the same reason.

That reason: warmer ocean and atmospheric temperatures, caused by the warming Earth.
The slow-moving storm, expected to push a surge as high as 13 feet onto the shore when it makes landfall Friday morning, is described as one of the worst hurricanes to hit the coastal Carolinas since Hurricane Hugo battered Charleston in September 1989. But it is the potential for days of drenching rainfall that could flood hundreds of miles inland that has officials most worried …

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