The study that is yet to be peer-reviewed says that climate change didn’t cause the storm but it caused it to be wetter
Climate change added at least 10 % more rain to hurricane Ian according to a new study conducted after the storm.
Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the United States, has flooded streets and knocked out electricity to over one million people in southwest Florida.
So far 88 people have died due to the storm, according to the officials.
“The real storm was 10 percent wetter than the storm that might have been,” said Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and co-author of the study.
While the study is not peer-reviewed yet, scientists have used a methodology established in previous research studies which said that rainfall during the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was around 11 % heavier due to global heating.
Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who worked on the new analysis was quoted by Guardian Newspaper as saying, “These are conservative estimates on the human-induced increases in the rain using our peer-reviewed method.”
Wehner further said, “climate change didn’t cause the storm but it did cause it to be wetter.”
Tens of thousands of people in Florida are struggling with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ian, according to American Red Cross on Sunday.
“People are facing dreadful conditions. Many have lost everything and have no electricity, clean water, or cell service. Motorists are waiting for hours to get gas for their generators and cars, and first responders are still conducting search and rescue operations. River flooding is still a concern in many areas,” the organization said.