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Mon Jun 25, 2018, 09:42 AM

Immense rains are causing more flash flooding, and experts say it's getting worse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/immense-rains-are-causing-more-flash-flooding-and-experts-say-its-getting-worse/2018/06/24/3970a236-765e-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html?utm_term=.b02ab93717e0



OLD FORT, N.C. — Brian Gentry was certain his 33,000-pound truck would be fine as he headed out into the heavy rains here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But as he went to clear debris from a two-lane highway after more than a half-foot of rain, rocklike drops pounded the windows, and he heard the earth “crack” around him as the land began to slide.

Mud and uprooted trees slammed his vehicle, tossing it across the highway, over a ­10-foot embankment and into the raging Catawba River. Gentry and a co-worker with the North Carolina Department of Transportation were rolled, and the truck came to rest in the water, just the passenger-side window peaking out.

“I looked around, and I saw everything that was going on, and I thought, ‘I am going to ­­die,’ ” Gentry, 47, recalled. “I thought, ‘My life is about over, so I need to call my wife.’ ”

Gentry spent 40 minutes clinging to a rope in the water awaiting rescue, the victim of an alarming phenomenon: Torrential rain events across the United States are becoming more frequent and more intense, leading to record rainfall, rare extreme flooding and perilous infrastructure failures.

Experts say the immense rains — some spawned by tropical ocean waters, others by once-routine thunderstorms — are the product of long-rising air temperatures and an increase in the sheer size of the storms. Because warmer air can hold more water, large storms are dropping far more rain at a faster clip.


It feels Biblical. Prepare the ark. Mother Nature is going to kill us.

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IronLionZion Jun 2018 OP
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malaise Jun 2018 #3
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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 09:52 AM

1. And the repugs keep saying there's no such thing as climate change...

and continue to do nothing about it.

Guess we'll have to lose a coastal city before they'll call for a committee to study the problem.

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Mon Jun 25, 2018, 09:55 AM

2. And repug voters think God is punishing America

for our Godless sinful ways or some such nonsense. Anything except climate change.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 10:04 AM

4. Yep. Repugs cuts in education funding is paying off...they think.

But it's hurting the country for so many stupid people running around and voting in other stupid people.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 09:56 AM

3. Tough luck

The Con says to fuck climate change.

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Response to IronLionZion (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 10:15 AM

5. We had an EVENT occur while out shopping.

We didn't see it as we drove home, so must have been small, but there was orange mud-water still running down hills and driveways -- where we'd never seen any before -- and giant puddles in the road that hadn't had a chance to run off yet -- where we'd never seen any before. Our own neighborhood just past this area only got a glancing blow, some dirt and mulch swept away in limited areas.

Those torrential-level rains most of the nation is seeing have become normal here, too. But this was really different. Thankfully, it had to have been a tiny system, but I'm now genuinely alarmed about what a larger one will do.

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