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Predicting a hurricane's intensity is only going to get harder

Better forecasts mean fewer deaths.

Flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Even with a lot of warning the effects were devastating. What will happen as hurricanes get harder to predict?

This week —a grandmotherly name for a monster of a —made landfall directly over the Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbuda, and Saint-Martin. The impact was so severe that Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, went on to say that 90 percent of Barbuda was destroyed. Irma is the first (a storm with sustained winds of at least 157 miles per hour) to ever form in the Atlantic. was a mere Category 4—its powers of destruction came from its water content, not its wind

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