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Why This Matters: Tropical Storm Bertha is following an increasingly familiar pattern of unprecedented amounts of rainfall along with strong winds that persist into the interior areas. Tropical storms, it seems, are not just for summer and not just for coastal areas anymore. The potential for flash flooding due to torrential rain falling over a short period of time threatens cities like Fayetteville, Charlotte, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Roanoke and Wytheville, Virginia; and Charleston and Beckley, West Virginia. This is further evidence of the new normal when it comes to severe summer weather, thanks to climate change.
South Florida Got Drenched – Rain Records Shattered
Bertha is just the latest in a string of tropical storms and hurricanes striking the Carolinas in recent years, including Jose, Maria, Florence, Michael, Dorian, and Humberto just since 2017. Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of north-central and northeastern South Carolina, central North Carolina, southwestern Virginia, and southeastern West Virginia because the ground is already saturated from other significant rainfall events this week. Strong thunderstorms ripped through Charlotte last Friday, killing two people, with lots of trees and power lines down. More rain is forecast for the region through the end of the week.
Flooded Streets in Miami Image: Miami Herald screengrab
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer As the 2020 hurricane season draws to a close, scientists are reflecting on the devastating records set by this year’s storms. 2020 had the most named storms ever recorded, ten of which were classified as “rapidly intensifying,” a record which occurred only in two other years, 1995 and 2010. […]
The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season burnt more than 18 million hectares across the country, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and claimed the lives of 34 people and about one billion animals. The devastation was gutwrenching and a wake-up call to the entire world that climate change is our greatest existential threat. Yet as fire crews […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Hurricane Iota, the 30th named storm this year, made landfall in Nicaragua Monday night as a Category 4 storm. As it continues to move across Central America, it could still bring “life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, flash flooding and landslides,” according to the National Hurricane Center. Iota was the […]
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