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- Feb 23, 2021 4:15 pm GMTFeb 23, 2021 4:14 pm GMT
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This post reviews increases in hurricane and tropical storm (a.k.a. tropical cyclones) landfalls in and near the U.S. A recent article in Science contains an analysis of data for these storms’ behavior from the last 36 years. This analysis determined that the behavior of these storms has changed in a way that made them more likely to increase damage in many coastal areas, including the U.S., and these changes are likely to continue into the future.
Occupied coastal areas more frequently impacted by these storms, as a minimum, will need to harden their electric distribution systems and other infrastructure. Worst case: occupants and infrastructure may need to retreat from the coasts.