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Here, we review two historical examples of such events and use scaling arguments and models to show that rapid intensification just before landfall is likely to become increasingly frequent and severe as the globe warms.
Forecasting unusually rapid intensification of hurricanes is particularly problematic.
Fortunately, even with its exceptionally rapid intensification, Humberto was much weaker than Audrey at landfall, and damage was relatively light, with a single fatality reported.