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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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