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NOAA predicts busy hurricane season this year

  • 05/22/2020 5:17 pm ET Nathan Kauffman
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Hurricane Matthew seen in 2016. NASA

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to see above-average numbers of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes, NOAA announced Thursday.

The disproportionate increase in the most severe storms is consistent with new research published earlier this week finding the likelihood of a hurricane becoming a major (Category 3, 4, or 5) hurricane has increased significantly over the last 40 years. Regardless of their categorized severity, however, climate change is making hurricanes of all sizes more damaging than in the past by slowing their speed, increasing precipitation, and boosting storm surge.

The predictions reflect the intensification of hurricanes driven by global climate change and will pose unprecedented challenges as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could turn shelters into COVID-19 hotspots as FEMA plans to limit voluntary evacuations.

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