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Tropical Storm Harvey's historic rainfall and flooding continue to batter the Texas coast near the Gulf of Mexico, and Louisiana's southwestern coast is bracing to similarly face an onslaught of heavy rainfall and rising floodwaters in the coming days.
With significant rainfall and flooding still in the forecast, Harvey could rival the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled the Louisiana coast in 2005 and was one of the deadliest storms to ever strike the U.S. It caused 1,833 deaths and cost about $108 billion in damages, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
What shaped these two catastrophic events, and how do they measure up against each other?
A new tropical threat in the western Pacific Ocean will heighten the risk for flooding across the Ryukyu Islands and parts of eastern China over the next several days.
An area of downpours with a history of flash flooding will shift eastward to end this week then settle southward this weekend over the central United States.
Flooding will continue to be a significant concern along the west coast of India from southern Maharashtra through Kerala into this weekend.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the ongoing toxic red tide bloom. The algae bloom is largely responsible for the deaths of tons of marine life on the state’s west coast.
In recent days, winds have been lifting and carrying smoke particles all the way across the country and landing in places like New York City.
After a hot summer for much of western Europe and parts of the British Isles, warmth will keep on rolling into autumn.
The slow-moving tropical storm will bring a high risk for flooding and mudslides to parts of China and Vietnam into this weekend.