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Tropical Storm Barry Could Hit the Gulf Coast With ‘Unprecedented’ Flooding. Climate Change Is Likely to Blame

[2019.07.12, Fri 00:56] The Mississippi River is already bursting as a result of months of flooding in the midwest and south - and Tropical Storm Barry is about to make the situation more dire. When Barry hits, officials say that the storm is likely to be "Unprecedented" because it will cause three kinds of flooding all at once: a storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico, heavy rainfall and flooding in the swollen Mississippi and its western distributary, the Atchafalaya River. As climate change warms the atmosphere, particularly extreme weather events are likely to become more common. In the years since Hurricane Katrina, Haase argues that the state has been making extensive improvements to its systems to protect the region from flooding and to prepare for weather exacerbated by climate change. Climate change likely helped to create the conditions that are making this storm worse. Peter Gleick, a Pacific Institute climate scientist, warns that Tropical Storm Barry is "Exactly a climate change story." "What we're saying is that climate change is increasingly influencing these very damaging events. And it's that influence that's going to grow over time as we continue to fail to get climate change under control." Google the news >>

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