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‘Like an atomic bomb’: Hurricane Michael leaves trail of devastation

Florida and Georgia count cost of one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit US as downgraded storm dumps rain on Carolinas — The colossal scale of Hurricane Michael’s deadly trail of carnage through Florida’s Panhandle became clear on Thursday as the waning but still powerful storm lashed the Carolinas before heading east towards the …

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Millions More Americans Face Flood Risks Than Previously Thought

A different modeling approach fills large gaps in the U.S. government’s flood risk estimates, revealing previously overlooked at-risk areas often surrounding small flood-prone streams — Over the past week, the United States saw floodwaters rise near the coast of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Swollen rivers have effectively cut off Wilmington, a …

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Guest post: How Arctic warming could have steered Hurricane Florence towards the US

Prof Jennifer Francis is a research professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey, US — At around 7:15am local time on Friday 14 September, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. The storm, which had been as strong as category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson …

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When Environmental Forces Collide

Multiple factors often interact to amplify the effects of severe storms, droughts, and other extreme water-related events — Last year, a combination of unprecedented local rainfall intensities and storm surges from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria flooded Houston, large parts of Florida, and numerous island nations in the Caribbean. Such hydrologic compound events—when the combination …

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