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Five Reasons Harvey Has Been so Destructive — It's Not Only About Climate Change

(TNS) — As scientists, engineers, and victims of Harvey try to grasp exactly how a storm got that big and destructive, some say that there might never be one answer — but that climate change, sea rise, sprawl, and randomness all converged with a vengeance on Houston.

“They are mysterious unto themselves,” William Sweet, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer, said of storms like Harvey and Sandy.

“Climate change aside, rare events happen,” Sweet said. “Oftentimes it’s not very well understood that your area might be prone to these major events. Just because you haven’t seen a storm like it in 30, 50 years doesn’t mean they aren’t prone to occur. If your region is prone to these kind of events, you need to be prepared.”