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Climate change is a factor in the intensity of hurricanes that threaten to strike the east coast of the United States, according to researchers who say that CO2 and greenhouse gases are helping to diminish the wind shear that can act as a barrier to storms.

Wind shear along the U.S. east coast has long been attributed to being a factor that can help to diminish the power of hurricanes as they approach the seaboard, known to disrupt the structure of tropical storms and as a result lower the chances of them making an intense landfall.

The presence or otherwise of wind shear can dictate the direction hurricanes travel in, their ability to organise and intensify, the intensity they can reach, their size and other factors of relevance to insurance, reinsurance and ILS market interests.

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