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Warm waters boosted 2017's major hurricane tally, study says

The Atlantic's warmer waters triggered the unusual number of major hurricanes last year, according to a new study that predicts the region could see a couple of extra whopper storms each year by the end of the century.  Six major hurricanes—with winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph)—spun around the Atlantic last year, including Harvey, Irma and Maria which hit parts of the United States and the Caribbean. Since 2000, the Atlantic has averaged three major hurricanes a year. Before that the average was closer to two.  It may go up to five to eight major hurricanes a year around the year 2100, according to a study in Thursday's journal Science .  Read more...

 

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