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Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains

Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico. Scientists say a storm of such severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and ocean water, than in the '50s.
A landslide triggered by extreme rain during Hurricane Maria in 2017 washed coffins downhill from the Lares Municipal Cemetery in Puerto Rico. Source: Ricardo Arduengo

Hurricane Maria was the rainiest storm known to have hit Puerto Rico, and climate change is partly to blame, according to a new study.

The worst rain fell in the mountainous central part of Puerto Rico, from the northwest to the southeast. That part of the island is of rain.

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