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Catastrophic storms, once rare, are almost routine; Is climate change to blame?

While climate change did not cause Hurricane Harvey, it could explain the intensity of this cyclone as well as other catastrophic storms that have hit the United States in recent years, experts say.

Harvey is the latest in little more than a decade of "500-year" and "100-year" floods that once were considered rare. The storm, a Category 4 hurricane when it initially made landfall last week, has dumped trillions of gallons of water onto southeastern Texas, submerged houses and freeways, driven Houston-area residents from their

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