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Type of storm that drenched New York is up to 20% wetter due to climate crisis

The unmistakable influence of the climate crisis helped cause New York City to be inundated by a month’s worth of rain within just a few hours on Friday, scientists have warned, amid concerns over how well the city is prepared for severe climate shocks. A new rapid attribution study, released by scientists in Europe, has found that the type of storm seen on Friday is now 10-20% wetter than it would have been in the previous century, because of climate change. Flash flooding soaked large parts of the US’s largest city, turning roads into rivers, following intense rainfall that broke records. John F Kennedy international airport measured 8in of rainfall in one day, the most since records began, while Brooklyn received a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours. People had to be rescued from swamped basement apartments, subway and bus services were canceled and sewage backed up in overwhelmed pipes.

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  • walter lungayi

    36 w

    The recent storm in New York is a clear example of how the climate crisis is affecting our weather patterns. It's concerning to think about how well-prepared cities are for these extreme events.

    • johnte ndeto

      37 w

      Creating awareness will help people understand and embrace change

      • Rotich Kim

        37 w

        It's really worrying we need more intervention

        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          37 w

          It's very worrying

          • Kevin

            37 w

            Very frustrating

            • Harrison wambui

              37 w

              This is worrying

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