- As storms persist longer on the east coast, they will cause greater damage along the densely populated corridor.
- Hurricanes producing catastrophic damage similar to Hurricane Sandy of 2012 will be more frequent.
- Storm speed changes will be driven by changes in atmospheric patterns over the Atlantic, brought about by warmer air temperatures.
Hurricane season may be over for this year, but a new study released Monday indicates that monstrous storms will wreak even more havoc in the decades to come, thanks to climate change.
Specifically, by the end of this century, people in the northeastern United States will see hurricanes getting worse as storms arrive faster – but will slow down once they make landfall, according to the study. Hurricanes producing catastrophic damage similar to Hurricane Sandy of 2012 will be more frequent, the researchers said.
Hurricane Sandy, known as Superstorm Sandy, hit the northeastern United States in late October 2012, killing 159 people and causing $ 78.7 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
As storms persist longer on the east coast, they will cause greater damage along the densely populated corridor, which includes massive metropolitan areas such as Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, according to the ‘study.
“This study suggests that climate change will play a long-term role in increasing the strength of storms along the eastern seaboard of the United States and elsewhere,” said study co-author Benjamin Horton, who runs the Singapore Earth Observatory at Nanyang Technological. University, in a press release.
Storm speed changes will be driven by changes in atmospheric patterns over the Atlantic, brought about by warmer air temperatures.
Researchers have found that future east coast hurricanes are likely to cause more damage than past storms. The study predicted that more future hurricanes will form near the east coast, and these storms will hit the northeast corridor faster.
The storms will then slow down as they approach the east coast, allowing them to bring more wind, rain, flooding and related damage to the northeast region. The longest lasting tropical storms are expected to be twice as long as today’s storms.
And the longer the storms linger, the more severe they can be, said lead study author Andra Garner of Rowan University in New Jersey.
“Think of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 over Texas and Hurricane Dorian in 2019 over the Bahamas,” she said. “This prolonged exposure can worsen the impacts.”
The study appeared in the journal Earth’s Future, a publication of the American Geophysical Union, which publishes research on the past, present and future of our planet and its inhabitants.