US may witness another harrowing season of hurricanes

The US coast on the Atlantic side would witness an above-average hurricane season in this year, even as it is still recovering from a devastating season last year.

Separate forecasts from North Carolina State University and Colorado State University predicted chances of 18 named storms and said that up to five of them may develop into major hurricanes.

In the last year, the area was hit by three major hurricanes — Hurricane Harvey in Texas; Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The caused a combined damage of $265bn.

A new study has said that Atlantic hurricanes are intensifying far more rapidly than they did 30 years ago.

While hurricanes are scientifically considered mechanisms by which the ocean transfers its heat to the atmosphere, they are thought of being intensified by warming of oceans due to climate change.

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