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While climate change does not necessarily increase the number of hurricanes, it does appear to make them more intense and destructiveOcean warming increases hurricane wind speed and precipitation, and sea level rise intensifies storm surge impacts and damages. They are, perhaps, the world’s costliest natural weather disasters.

Communities also face potential flood disasters: Hurricane Harvey dumped over 60 inches of rain on parts of Houston in 2017 and resulted in at least 93 deaths; Hurricane Florence in North Carolina set at least 28 flood records in 2018;  Hurricane Dorian was on track to move through the Bahamas and toward Florida, but stalled, causing massive flooding and destruction in 2019. 2020 became the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record. Of the 30 named storms, 14 developed into hurricanes, 417 people died and over $51 billion in damages was created.  2021 was the third-most active Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Ida became the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclone of that season, killing 107 people, causing catastrophic flooding and contributing 93% of the total damage in 2021. In 2022, became the season’s first major hurricane on September 20, devastating Puerto Rico and The Cayman Islands before moving up to strike Canada with 115-mile-an-hour winds. Hurricane Ian is currently threatening Florida.

A collection of helpful infographics and videos on hurricanes is posted at Climate Nexus. Climate Central has created stunning resources to help you understand the links between climate change and hurricanes. Their extreme weather toolkits on Tropical Cyclones and Heavy Rain and Flooding (available in English and Spanish) provide quick facts and reporting resources including experts available for interviews. And their Hurricane Intensity and Impacts report covers the historical trends and high impacts of rapidly intensifying hurricanes like Ian, and lists experts available for interviews.  

Please refer to hurricane advisories from the National Hurricane Center and follow your local National Weather Service Forecast Office for updates.



Mississippi tornado: Biden declares emergency after storm kills 26 in region

By Oliver Laughland 03/26/23
Search and recovery efforts continue after twister hit hardest in some of the most economically deprived areas of US’s poorest state
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Insurers slashed Hurricane Ian payouts far below damage estimates, documents and insiders reveal

By Brianna Sacks 03/11/23
Companies altered licensed adjusters’ reports of Hurricane Ian damage without their consent, resulting in lower payouts for homeowners, a Post investigation found....
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1 big thing: Supercharging hurricane rainfall

By Ben Geman and Andrew Freedman 03/03/23
Milder than average ocean temperatures in the tropical North Atlantic Ocean, where many hurricanes tend to form, are causing these storms to grow more intense and dump far more rainfall over land than they used…
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Highlights From “Worsening Winds”

To understand how properties’ exposure to and damage from tropical cyclones will be impacted by climate change, this report introduces the First Street Foundation Wind Model (FSF-WM). The FSF-WM is a probabilistic property-level risk model…
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See the future risk of damage from hurricane winds by Zip code

By John Muyskens, Andrew Ba Tran, Brady Dennis and Niko Kommenda 02/27/23
Hurricane winds fueled by climate change will reach further inland and put tens of millions more Americans’ lives and homes at risk in the next three decades, according to a detailed new analysis released Monday.
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Displaced Hurricane Ian survivors brace for a holiday without a home

By Derek Hawkins and Others 12/23/22
Meals like this have become sacrosanct for the family of 10 since Hurricane Ian inundated their house here in late September, destroying their belongings and forcing them to strip the interior down to the studs…
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Hurricane season was tamer than expected and horrific all at once

By Ian Livingston 11/30/22
It was an Atlantic hurricane season of high expectations from the start. But after a sleepy August with no storms, questions swirled about whether preseason forecasts for above-normal activity would be a bust.
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Florida beaches were already running low on sand. Then Ian and Nicole hit.

By Lori Rozsa 11/25/22
In the days since Hurricane Nicole lashed this stretch of Florida coast with punishing winds and a powerful storm surge, contractor A.J. Rockwell has found himself on an urgent mission. He has to find sand…
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History-repeating hurricane paths in Florida amaze meteorologists

By Amudalat Ajasa 11/10/22
2022′s hurricanes Nicole and Ian hit in same respective locations as 2004′s Jeanne and Charley; in both years, the storms struck 43 days apart...
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Hurricane Nicole hits Florida

By Jeff Masters 11/10/22
Hurricane Nicole made landfall around 3 a.m. EST November 10 near Vero Beach, Florida, with sustained winds of 75 mph and a central pressure of 981 mb. Nicole was just the fourth hurricane on record…
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Subtropical Storm Nicole forms, hurricane watch issued for Florida’s east coast

By Matthew Cappucci 11/07/22
We’re not quite two weeks from Thanksgiving and still the 2022 hurricane season, with all its plot twists, charges on. Subtropical Storm Nicole was named early Monday and could near hurricane strength as it gets…
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The Scars of Hurricane Sandy, 10 Years Later

By James Barron 10/28/22
Debbie Ingenito slipped the little box with the Christmas ornaments out of the plastic sandwich bag she keeps them in. She got the Christmas ornaments on the day that then-President Obama toured the muddy wreckage…
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Amid the Devastation of Hurricane Ian, a New Study Charts Alarming Flood Risks for U.S. Hospitals

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Recent Years Are A Reminder Of How October Hurricanes Can Threaten US

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A Force of Nature: Hurricanes in a Changing Climate

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Science Empowering Communities In The Face Of Flooding

Surging Waters: Science Empowering Communities in the Face of Flooding is a report produced by AGU, a global not-for-profit scientific society dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity.


Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful storms. They produce strong winds, storm surge flooding, and heavy rainfall that can lead to inland flooding, tornadoes, and rip currents.

Climate and Hurricanes Primer

Taking advantage of a teachable moment  share these vids with anyone that might want to get up to speed on what we know about canes and climate. Above, 2015 interview with Kerry Emanuel and…

National Hurricane Center

Find here analyses, data & tools, educational resources, and more.


As mold grows in the aftermath of hurricanes, more NC asthma patients suffer

By Lynn Bonner   10/30/20  
In North and South Carolina, sea-level rise is most noticeable in counties along the coast, where beaches shrink, dunes disappear and homes crumble, but the effects of climate change reach well inland. “Beyond the Beach”…
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‘Nothing Left’: How Back-to-Back Hurricanes Gutted a U.S. Town

By Shannon Sims and Eric Roston   10/11/20  
On the day after Hurricane Delta cut its ruinous path across southern Louisiana, Dick Frerks pointed to a lone 20-foot pylon rising from the bayou and summed up what he’d lost.
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Hurricane Delta blasts Louisiana, eastern Texas with record surge, high winds Hurricane Delta approaches Louisiana with dangerous winds

By Andrew Freedman   10/10/20  
Hurricane Delta barreled into southwestern Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane Friday evening, making landfall near Creole at 6 p.m. local time. This is the latest in a barrage of hurricanes to strike the northern…
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Louisiana braces for its 3rd dangerous hurricane in only 6 weeks

By Rafi Letzter   10/06/20  
Hurricane Delta is whirling toward the Gulf Coast and is forecast to approach Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula tonight (Oct. 6) as a Category 4 storm before threatening Louisiana and Mississippi Friday (Oct. 9). This 25th-named storm…
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Hurricanes near U.S. coast forecast to worsen and multiply due to global warming

By Tristram Korten   09/27/20  
The 2020 hurricane season may be best remembered as the one that spawned so many storms that forecasters ran out of names and had to resort to Greek letters. But it is notable for another…
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Why the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has spun out of control

By Bob Henson   09/23/20  
By late spring, the consensus among experts was unsettlingly clear: 2020 would be an abnormally active hurricane season. What the experts didn’t anticipate was just how wild things would get.
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The United States Has Become a Disaster Area

By Emma Marris   09/22/20  
If you are reading this in the United States, you are experiencing a disaster—maybe more than one. Hurricane Sally hammered Alabama and the Florida panhandle last week, submerging homes and leaving tens of thousands without…
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Devastation left in the wake of Hurricanes Sally and Laura along the US Gulf Coast

By J. L'Heureau   09/22/20  
Power restorations, debris hauling, and the rebuilding of damaged critical infrastructure continue in communities along the northern Gulf Coast portion of Florida and southern Alabama in the wake of Hurricane Sally, which made landfall as…
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Weary Gulf Coast mayors say hurricane season has changed for the worse

By Ashley Cusick   09/20/20  
It has been a tough summer across much of the Gulf Coast, where storm after storm has taken aim and two hurricanes — Laura and Sally — have decimated homes and claimed lives in a…
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After Sally: Rescue, recovery and a wary eye on rivers

Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally's rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama today, as the storm's remnants continued to dump heavy rains inland that spread the threat of flooding…
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Climate change may make extreme hurricane rainfall 5 times more likely in the Caribbean, study suggests

By Stephanie Weaver   09/01/20  
In August, Hurricane Laura battered the Caribbean before making landfall on the Gulf Coast. In 2017, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 Hurricane, brought as much as a quarter of normal annual rainfall to some regions…
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Our Focus Has to Be on the Victims of Hurricane Laura

Normally, after a disaster like Hurricane Laura, atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory finds himself writing and commenting about what role climate change may have played. This time is different, the atmospheric scientist writes…
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Hurricane Laura Live Updates: Storm Plows Through Louisiana

After landfall overnight with 150 m.p.h. winds, Laura ripped northward. Officials confirmed at least six deaths tied to the storm, and hundreds of thousands of people have lost power.
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Hurricane Laura jumped from Category 1 to Category 4 in a day

By Morgan McFall-Johnsen and Aylin Woodward   08/26/20  
Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the hurricane strengthened from a Category 1 storm to a major hurricane — a process called rapid intensification. As the planet continues to warm, such rapid intensification events are expected to…
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Louisiana Braces As Hurricane Marco Approaches With a Stronger Storm Right Behind It

By Rick Rojas and Christina Morales   08/23/20  
The “one-two punch” of hurricanes has created a heightened sense of alarm along the Gulf Coast. Officials warned residents they might have to shelter in place for as long as 72 hours.
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3 Years After Hurricane Harvey, Many Houston Homeowners Don’t Know Who’s At Risk Next

By Sophie Kasakove   07/05/20  
Doris Brown’s walls used to be covered in photos of graduations and weddings, memorabilia not only of her life but of her eight siblings, who all grew up in her house in northeast Houston. She…
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Climate crisis to blame for $67bn of Hurricane Harvey damage – study

By Fiona Harvey   06/12/20  
Exclusive: new figure far higher than previous estimates of direct impact of global heating
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Cristobal Threatens Gulf Coast From Louisiana to Florida

By Maria Cramer   06/05/20  
The third named storm of what is predicted to be an intense hurricane season is expected to make landfall on Sunday.
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Hurricanes disproportionately harm communities of color. TV news ignores that fact.

By Emily Pontecorvo   06/05/20  
Zero out of 669 news segments on major networks reported on the disproportionate impact of hurricanes on poor communities and communities of color....
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Atlantic Hurricanes Will be More Frequent and More Severe This Season

By Will Peischel   05/22/20  
The forecast, which was announced on Thursday, was made by NOAA Climate Prediction Center, a part of the National Weather Service. In a press release announcing the forecast, Neil Jacobs, the acting head of NOAA,…
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A ‘Hyperactive’ Hurricane Season Is About to Strike

By Eric Niiler   05/21/20  
CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ARE predicting that as many as 20 named hurricanes will develop in the Atlantic basin during the six-month season that officially begins on Monday. The prediction of a super-busy season comes from separate…
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Scientists Predict Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Amid Virus Crisis

By John Schwartz and Christopher Flavelle   05/21/20  
This year’s season is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, which makes relief strategies like group shelters risky.
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Tropical cyclones have become more destructive over past 40 years, data shows

By Graham Readfearn   05/20/20  
US study identifies statistically significant trend in line with climate scientists’ predictions
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Climate Change Is Fueling Stronger Hurricanes, Federal Study Finds

By Chris D’Angelo   05/19/20  
The analysis comes as forecasters predict a fierce 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts June 1. ...
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Atlantic Faces Fifth ‘Above-Normal’ Hurricane Season in a Row

By Olivia Rosane   03/27/20  
2019 marked the fourth year in a row that the Atlantic hurricane season saw above-average activity, and it doesn't look like 2020 will provide any relief....
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Freak storms of 2019 Atlantic hurricane season left trail of destruction and revealed climate change fingerprints

By Matthew Cappucci   12/04/19  
The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, the fourth in a row with above-average activity, was one we won’t soon forget. It will be remembered most for Dorian, which razed the northwest Bahamas as one of the…
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Lorenzo’s Ominous Climate Message

by Peter Sinclair   10/01/19  
As Tropical Storm Karen withers away, Hurricane Lorenzo has become “one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes of record for the tropical central Atlantic,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
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‘No state in the country is spared’ from f‘No state in the country is spared’ from flooding risks, new report sayslooding risks, new report says

By Nina Pullano   09/25/19  
The United States is getting wetter, and people across the country, from local government officials to scientists, all need to help communities prepare for an uptick in flooding, a new report says.
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Mangroves, Climate Change And Hurricanes

By Brendan Rivers   08/29/19  
Climate change is extending the range of mangroves. The tropical trees are thriving farther north and south than ever before. Scientists say that's actually helping limit damage during hurricanes.
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Rain hammers New Orleans and Storm is Growing bigger

by Adeel Hassan   07/10/19  
A tropical storm is expected to form over the northern Gulf of Mexico by tomorrow with expectations that it will become a hurricane by Friday…. Hurricanes have struck Luisiana in July three times in 168…
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How climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous

By Jeff Berardelli   07/08/19  
Stronger wind speeds, more rain, and worsened storm surge add up to more potential destruction.
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Is Climate Change Fueling Tornadoes?

By Bob Berwyn   05/30/19  
It’s a question that has come up a lot this tornado season: Since global warming can make other types of extreme weather more likely, could it be behind these deadly twisters?
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American Climate Rebels Episode 4: Hurricane Harvey: Just Recovery in Texas

A year on from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, communities of colour in Houston and Port Arthur are still suffering from the impacts, with many unable to return home or find the money for repairs.…
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Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage during 2018

By Chris Mooney   02/06/19  
Experts say that climate change might already be fueling an increase in the number of billion-dollar disasters.
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Why So Many People May Never Recover From Hurricane Michael

By Eleanor Goldberg   10/31/18  
Most Americans don’t have enough money in the bank to afford even a minor emergency.
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Extreme Category 5 typhoon, the worst U.S. storm since 1935, leaves Northern Mariana Islands devastated

By Allyson Chiu, Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin   10/25/18  
Super Typhoon Yutu rampaged through the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday, leaving behind storm damage that residents are calling the worst they have ever experienced.
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South Carolina Still Grappling with Historic Flooding from Florence, a Storm Worsened by Climate Change

By Julie Dermansky   10/01/18  
An amazing visual tour through the flooding in South Carolina. One citizen's perspective when Trump came to tour: "Consoling communities by ignoring the impacts of climate change ensures these complex issues will never be resolved.…
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