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Hurricane risk to Northeast coast increasing

The Northeastern coast of the US could be struck by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future due to shifting weather patterns, according to new research. Hurricanes have gradually moved northwards from the western Caribbean towards northern North America over the past few hundred years, the study, led by National Science Foundation-funded researchers at Durham University, found. The researchers suggest that this change in hurricane track was caused by the expansion of atmospheric circulation belts driven by increasing carbon dioxide emissions. New York and other major cities along the Northeast coast of the US could come under increased threat from these severe storms and need to be better prepared for their potential impact, the researchers said.

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