New York (Dagbladet): Hurricane Ian is rapidly accumulating to become a massive force, the news agency writes AP.
This is happening, among other things, because the storm is moving over seas pushed by climate change, according to scientists. Another 30 tropical storms have occurred in the Atlantic Ocean since 2017. They all became much stronger in less than a day as a result of this phenomenon.
Scientists have warned that turbocharging for storms is likely to become more common as the world warms.
Severe flood fears
Ian became 67 percent stronger in less than 22 hours from Monday to Tuesday. It is now on track to become a Category 4 hurricane. That could mean nightmare-like flooding in southwest Florida around Tampa, according to forecasts.
The storm’s dramatic reinforcement occurred as it moved over the Caribbean Sea, which is one degree warmer than usual – mainly as a result of climate change.
– Hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach at Colorado State University tells the Associated Press that warm water is the rocket fuel for the storm.
Climate change is also another consequence. The accumulation of emissions from fossil energy sources means that storms move slower and bring more rain with them.
– Advance Warning
– Given the impact and climate change, this season can be a harbinger of what may come. But it’s very difficult to say that climate change has an effect on a single storm in terms of its composition and intensity, hurricane researcher Kristin Corbosero at the University of Albany tells The Associated Press.
However, the meteorological conditions associated with Ian were so obvious that meteorologists were able to warn of an increase in strength several days in advance.
– life threatening
to me CNN Electricity has now been cut across Cuba after the storm hit the island on Tuesday night. The state energy company, Unión Eléctrica de Cuba, has said it will continue to cut power to avoid deaths and property damage until the weather improves.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and US President Joe Biden spoke by phone about the situation Tuesday afternoon. Millions of people in the state are now preparing for the storm.
2.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate from Fort Myers to Tampa Bay.
US authorities refer to the hurricane as “life threatening” and DeSantis warned at a news conference of catastrophic flooding in some areas.
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