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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
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