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The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming

How the Caribbean Is Recovering, One Year After Devastating Hurricanes


A house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria, six months later. (Photo by RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s almost impossible to quantify the destruction, but hundreds of islands in the Caribbean were pummeled by the storms — Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in particular — and that’s not even including the Florida Keys or the Texas coast.

Hurricane season in the Caribbean officially returned on June 1. Its peak is typically between August and October. And on Friday, July 6, the region’s first named hurricane of the season, Beryl, emerged from the Atlantic. (By Saturday, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm.)

But in a region that’s still recovering from last year’s battery of natural disasters, islanders have long been bracing for what this year, and the next, could bring. According to reports, hurricanes are likely to become larger, more severe and to last longer….


The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming

As a ferocious hurricane bears down on South Florida, water managers desperately lower canals in anticipation of 4 feet of rain.

Everyone east of Dixie Highway is ordered evacuated, for fear of a menacing storm surge. Forecasters debate whether the storm will generate the 200 mph winds to achieve Category 6 status.

This is one scenario for hurricanes in a warmer world, a subject of fiendish complexity and considerable scientific research, as experts try to tease out the effects of climate change from the influences of natural climate cycles…


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