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Climate change is causing hurricanes to intensify faster than ever

Hurricane Ian is strengthening rapidly in the Caribbean as it passes over the ultra-warm waters of the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center had predicted the system would rapidly intensify from a tropical storm to at least a category 4 hurricane in less than 72 hours.

This Sept. 25, 2022 satellite image released by NASA shows Hurricane Ian over Caribbean Sea moving near the Cayman Islands and closer to western Cuba. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)

Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Cuba en route to Florida

Hurricane Ian's rain and winds lashed Cuba's western tip, where authorities have evacuated 50,000 people, as it became a major Category 3 storm early Tuesday and roared on a path that could see it hit Florida's west coast as a Category 4 hurricane.