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Why Hurricane Ian Got So Much Stronger, So Quickly

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Many hurricanes grow weaker as they approach land. But Hurricane Ian, like Hurricane Ida last year and a string of other recent hurricanes, did the opposite: Its top winds suddenly grew stronger as the storm neared Cuba, jumping from 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour to 100 mph in less than a day. Meteorologists call that kind of dramatic shift “rapid intensification” -- and say that climate change appears to be making it more common.

It’s when a storm’s winds increase by 35 mph or more in 24 hours or less, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.