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UNC climate scientist: growing evidence wetter, slower hurricanes will increase amid climate change

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Dr. Rick Luettich is the Director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City.

A North Carolina researcher says there is growing evidence that wetter, slower hurricanes will increase as the climate continues to change.

Dr. Rick Luettich is the Director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City and says increasing air temperatures which will allow the storms to carry more moisture – increasing the rainfall they produce and the flooding that may be seen as a result.

He added that a warming Atlantic Ocean will also help them pack on the moisture.

Climate change, Leuttich said, is also likely causing the storms to meander along more slowly, as we saw with Hurricane Florence, allowing them to drop more rainfall over the areas they impact.

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