Tropical Trouble

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USA Today

This year’s historic hurricane season broke the record for most hurricanes in a season. Twenty-seven named storms have been tracked in the Atlantic Basin, with eleven maturing into hurricanes. Out of these, the hurricanes Laura, Teddy, and Epsilon have all been category three or above.

 

As of today, six hurricanes have made landfall in the United States, causing over twenty billion dollars in damage to cities around the Gulf of Mexico. The biggest storm to make landfall this season was category four hurricane Laura, which broke the record for the strongest hurricane to ever hit since 1856. Laura had winds up to one hundred and forty nine miles an hour and caused over ten billion dollars in damage. The most recent hurricane to make landfall in the US was Zeta which came in at a category two storm with winds around one hundred and ten miles per hour. Zeta had the most effect on the areas surrounding New Orleans, killing six people in total. 

 

The rise in hurricanes this season could be accounted to many different factors. One of these includes the fact that storm tracking technology has vastly improved compared to previous years, leading to more storms being identified and tracked. Another factor in the increase could be climate change. Scientists have noted that rising sea levels and temperatures can create more disturbance in the ocean for hurricanes to be generated. Whatever the cause, it is important to remember that hurricanes won’t be stopping anytime soon, so when living near hotspots, make sure to be prepared for the worst.