Six years ago the Washington Post was terrified by the record lack of hurricanes in Florida and the US.
“A major hurricane hasn’t hit the U.S. Gulf or East Coast in more than a decade. A major hurricane is one containing maximum sustained winds of at least 111 mph and classified as Category 3 or higher on the 1-5 Saffir-Simpson wind scale.”
“Florida hasn’t seen a hurricane of any intensity since 2005’s Wilma, which is shocking considering it averages about seven hurricane landfalls per decade. The current drought in the Sunshine State, nearing 11 years, is almost twice as long as the previous longest drought of six years (from 1979-1985).”
They included a link to this NOAA graphic of the damage caused by different hurricane categories.
Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
Now the Washington Post says hurricane Ian was a category 4 and was caused by global warming.
The new article included this image which showed little damage to trees and none snapped.
Major hurricane frequency has declined sharply around the world for the past 30 years.