"Hurricanes are bad news. Not only do they bring high winds strong enough to do significant damage and threaten lives, but they bring storm surges which temporarily and locally raise sea levels and inundate low lying shorelines. What’s more, they dump rain. Lots of rain. Rain by the foot, by the meter. The intensity and devastation unleashed by hurricanes are becoming stronger worldwide, and climate change is a key contributor to making these disasters deadlier than ever before. Hurricanes are not just intensifying faster and dropping more rain because of global warming; their destructive power persists long after reaching land, increasing risks to communities farther inland that may be unprepared for devastating winds and flooding. Whatever they’re called, the same forces and conditions are at work in forming these giant storms, any of which can cause damage or devastation when they hit land where people live."