What’s the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Change? | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios

A road is flooded during the passing of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.
( AP Photo/Tim Aylen )
September 3, 2019

Over the weekend, Dorian struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, with sustained winds reaching up to 185 miles an hour. The storm tore through the islands, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Streets were flooded with debris, cars were overturned, and roofs were ripped from homes.

Now, Hurricane Dorian is making its way toward the southeastern coast of the U.S. It’s unclear whether it will strike, and how powerful it will be if it does, but places like Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas are bracing for its impact. So far, Hurricane Dorian has been pretty unpredictable, and even if it doesn’t make landfall in the U.S., the storm surges, heavy rains, and powerful winds could be devastating.

Dorian is the latest hurricane in the Atlantic made worse by climate change. And while the link between the changing climate and hurricanes isn’t exactly straightforward, that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist.

Adam Sobel, a professor at Columbia University and director of its Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, joined The Takeaway to discuss the link between climate change and hurricanes.

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