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Hurricane Ian: how climate change is making North Atlantic tropical storms worse

By Ben Clarke, DPhil Candidate in Environmental Research, University of Oxford
Friederike Otto, Senior Lecturer in Climate Science, Imperial College London
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Hurricane Ian first made landfall in western Cuba as a category 3 storm, wiping out power for 11 million people. It continued northwards over the Gulf of Mexico where it strengthened over exceptionally warm ocean water (which meteorologists describe as “rocket fuel” for hurricanes).

On reaching the coast of Florida, Ian made landfall as a category 4 storm with winds of up to


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