Hurricanes are Slowing Down – That’s a Bad Thing

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A new study released by the scientific journal Nature says that there has been a 10% decrease in the forward speed of hurricanes between 1949 and 2016. NOAA scientist James Kossin noted that he found a 20% to 30% slowdown over land areas hit by North Atlantic and North Pacific tropical cyclones.

As seen with Hurricane Harvey last year, slower moving hurricanes mean higher rainfall totals. The NOAA claims that more than 50% of hurricane-related deaths each year are caused by flooding.