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Hurricanes are maintaining their strength farther inland as the planet warms, study finds

Now, a new study has identified yet another connection to our warming climate: Hurricanes are maintaining their strength after landfall for much longer, and in turn, exposing populations far inland to damaging winds that they have rarely experienced before.

The researchers found that over the past 50 years, the time it takes for a hurricane to weaken after landfall has increased by 94%.

In the late 1960s, a typical hurricane would lose roughly 75% of its intensity in the first day after landfall. But today, that same storm would be expected to weaken by just 50% in the first 24 hours after landfall, the study found.

“Say, for example, I’m in Atlanta at about 380 km (~236 miles) inland. Fifty years ago, I would have experienced something like a tropical storm from a hurricane that made landfall as a Category 3,” said Pinaki Chakraborty, a professor at the Okinawa Institute

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In early results, GOP maintaining control of State Board of Education

Early ballot counts are showing Republicans poised to keep their majority in the state Board of Education, even as Democrats inched ahead in some seats currently held by GOP members.



a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Carisa Lopez, representing the Texas Freedom Network, delivers her message to the media outside after speaking to the State Board of Education as it hears comments on proposed changes to the state's social studies curriculum at its meeting in Austin on September 11, 2018.


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Carisa Lopez, representing the Texas Freedom Network, delivers her message to the media outside after speaking to the State Board of Education as it hears comments on proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum at its meeting in Austin on September 11, 2018.


The 15-member board, currently made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, sets policies and standards for Texas public schools, including the curriculum and graduation requirements. With four incumbent Republicans retiring, Democrats are hoping to gain additional sway on the panel.

At about 8:30 p.m., with 5 percent of polling locations and about 50 percent of counties reporting, Republicans were leading six of the eight seats on the

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