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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.



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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Drones and satellites are making better, life-saving hurricane forecasts

By Andrew Freedman and Others 10/17/22
The killer app for hurricane prediction? It could be lightweight drones that explore some of the fiercest parts of a hurricane and send back real-time data — or new satellite tech that gives forecasters a…
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Ian may push Florida real estate out of reach for all but the super rich

By Christopher Flavelle 10/13/22
The hurricane’s record-breaking cost will make it even harder for many to get insurance, experts say — threatening home sales, mortgages and construction.
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Amid the Devastation of Hurricane Ian, a New Study Charts Alarming Flood Risks for U.S. Hospitals

It was a scene that played out in cities and towns along the path of Hurricane Ian as it roared ashore last week: nurses, physicians and other medical personnel working feverishly to evacuate hospitals that…

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

H​urricane season quickly flipped a switch in recent weeks from one of the quietest starts in decades to a pair of devastating storms: Ian and Fiona. Now, we are heading through the final two months…

Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide

Natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and tornadoes can damage asbestos-containing materials and lead to asbestos exposure among first responders, cleanup crews and nearby residents. Learn how to prevent asbestos exposure when preparing for…

A Force of Nature: Hurricanes in a Changing Climate

From June 1 to November 30, many Americans turn their eyes to the tropics — not just because they’re dreaming of beach vacations, but because it’s hurricane season. Called by many names depending on where…

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.


Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain

By Dan Gearino   09/20/18  
In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Hurricane Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy. Faced with its powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina's solar farms held up…
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In North Carolina, losses of nearly 2 million birds and 26 flooded lagoons reported

By H. Claire Brown   09/18/18  
By Tuesday afternoon, the remains of Hurricane Florence had migrated up to New England, tapering off as the clouds prepared to drift from the East Coast into the Atlantic. Meanwhile, as the rain slowed to…
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Climate Change Supercharges Hurricane Florence as 1.5 Million Evacuate in Carolinas & Virginia

By Amy Goodman   09/11/18  
More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence continues to gain strength as it barrels toward the East Coast. The enormous…
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What Puerto Rico Can Teach Us About Surviving Climate Change

By Jane Palmer   03/23/18  
“Maria didn’t cause everything. Maria just revealed to the world how we are living."
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Houston, You Have a Problem

By Peter Sinclair   10/02/19  
Jeff Goodell recounts meeting “The New Joads” – refugees displaced by climate impacts in the Houston area – and elsewhere.
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Hurricane Florence’s Unusual Extremes Worsened by Climate Change

By Bob Berwyn   02/11/19  
Researchers estimate the storm’s rainfall forecast is 50 percent higher because of warmer oceans and more moisture in the atmosphere brought by global warming.
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Climate Change Drives Bigger, Wetter Storms — Storms Like Florence

By Rebecca Hersher   09/11/18  
Hurricane Florence is moving relentlessly toward the Southeastern U.S. It's a large, powerful cyclone that will likely bring storm surge and high winds to coastal communities. But climate scientists say one of the biggest threats…
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