Hurricanes and tropical storms in Texas are expected to become more powerful. According to NOAA, "The global proportion of tropical cyclones that reach very intense (Category 4 and 5) levels is projected to increase due to anthropogenic (human-induced) warming over the 21st century."
It's worth noting that global warming is causing hurricanes to stall over land more frequently. A real-life example of this happening is Hurricane Harvey. Back in 2017, it made landfall in Texas as a category four hurricane, per NASA. As you'll probably remember, it stalled over Texas for several days, causing catastrophic flooding throughout the region.
Here's an article published by the BBC that explains how climate change will cause hurricanes to stall over land more frequently:
"North Atlantic hurricanes are retaining far more of their strength when they hit land because of global warming, say scientists. Previously, experts believed these storms died down quickly once they made landfall. But over the past 50 years, the time it takes for hurricanes to dissipate on the coast has almost doubled. Researchers say that climate change gives the storms more energy, which continues to power them over land. The scientists involved say that this will likely make hurricanes more damaging further inland in years to come."
Since Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are projected to become more powerful over the next few years, Texas residents should prepare by following guidelines from the CDC (and other government agencies).
The CDC recommends implementing the following advice to ensure you're prepared for a hurricane or tropical storm:
- Make a plan: Create a family disaster plan.
- Protect older adults: Understand older adult health and medical concerns.
- Protect your pets: Ensure your pet's safety before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Get a vaccine as soon as you can. Vaccines help protect you from getting sick or severely ill and may also help protect people around you.
- Prepare to Evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order. Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for your pets.
- When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
- Get emergency supplies: Stock your home and your car with supplies. Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medical supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others' health when running essential errands.
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