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FEMA boss claims Kentucky tornadoes will be the ‘new normal’ because of climate change – Calls it ‘the crisis of our generation’

  • FEMA chief Deanne Criswell blamed Kentucky tornadoes on climate change
  • ‘This is going to be our new normal,’ she said of worse extreme weather
  • Biden has made similar remarks suggesting climate change is to blame
  • Scientists stress impact of climate change on specific storms is hard to gauge
  • But tornadoes appear to be moving further east from traditional ‘tornado alley’
  • Tornadoes in December are also unusual, but not unheard of 

The top US emergency management official has claimed that more powerful, destructive, and deadly storms will be the ‘new normal’ due to climate change, following Kentucky‘s devastating tornadoes.

‘This is going to be our new normal,’ Deanne Criswell, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told CNN Sunday before heading to Kentucky to assess the damage and help coordinate the federal response.

‘The effects that we’re seeing from climate change are the crisis of our generation,’ the FEMA chief added.

Warm weather from a La Nina pattern was a crucial ingredient in the tornado outbreak that decimated western Kentucky on Friday, but whether climate change is a factor is not quite as clear, meteorologists say.


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