Climate change and hurricanes

Dalin McCully, Feature Editor

In the month of September, the world witnessed five hurricanes that have devastated the southernmost states in the US and various areas in Central America. Since then, scientists have questioned the correlation between the increase of the tropical storms and climate change.

Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on thousands of people in the Texas Gulf Coast. Houston was a major city that was caught within the wrath of the storm and suffered immense amounts of flooding and millions of dollars were lost in infrastructure. The area saw a tremendous amount of public support and community efforts to save hundreds of people.  

More recently in Puerto Rico, thousands of homes were destroyed and residents were left without electricity and clean running water after hurricane hurricane Maria made landfall. Meanwhile, other storms have devastated southern states and areas.

The subject of climate change and global warming have been a highly divisive and controversial subject in today’s political landscape. However, some of the public have spoken their views about attributing increased global temperatures to the tropical storms.

Climate change did not cause the violent storms, however, according to CNN.com, “The consensus among scientists is that the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and warmer oceans, made those storms far more destructive than they would have been in previous decades.”

The rising of sea levels, warmer temperatures, and increased rainfall are all under the influence of global warming which increased storm surges and flooding. The increase in global temperature is not directly related to the frequency of hurricanes, but it is correlated to the magnitude of destruction inflicted on certain areas.

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