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Climate Change Fuels Wetter Storms — Storms Like Barry

The water in the Gulf of Mexico is hot and the Mississippi River is high. That could spell disaster for Louisiana.

People across southern Louisiana are spending the weekend worried about flooding. The water is coming from every direction: the Mississippi River is swollen with rain that fell weeks ago farther north, and a storm called Barry is pushing ocean water onshore while it drops more rain from above.

It's a situation driven by climate change, and one that Louisiana has never dealt with, at least in recorded history. And it's raising questions about whether

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