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‘I Can’t Do This’: Imelda Left Texas With at Least 5 Deaths and Historic Rainfall

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Climate change tends to...

Climate change tends to increase the amount of rainfall during storms because a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, but scientists must evaluate individual storms after the fact to determine how climate change contributed. (Researchers found that the record rainfall during Harvey was as much as 38 percent higher[1] than would be expected in a world that was not warming.)

Though the rain largely trickled off on Friday, forecasters warned that any amount of additional rainfall could cause flash flooding in an area already saturated.

In Chambers County, a rural area south of Beaumont that was among the hardest hit, a sheriff’s deputy made the rounds in an aging military truck that rumbled through water that was several feet deep. The conditions left other people to walk their bicycles in knee-deep water, or to travel by four-wheeler. Many drove tractors that could get through the muck with their large, durable tires.

Shannon Dye, a longtime resident of Hankamer, Tex., splashed through town on her John Deere tractor. She had to make a delivery.

“Potato soup,” Ms. Dye said, managing a smile. “For my sister.”

Margaret Toal reported from Beaumont, Sarah Mervosh from New York and Mitchell Ferman from Hankamer, Tex. Manny Fernandez contributed reporting from Anahuac, Tex., and Mihir Zaveri and Mariel Padilla from New York.

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  1. ^ 38 percent higher (www.nytimes.com)

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