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Hurricane Harvey

The largest rainstorm ever recorded in the continental US.

At the end of August, 2017, the southern parts of Texas and Louisiana were struck by the biggest rainstorm in recorded history to ever hit the continental United States. This massive rainfall was part of a powerful storm known as Hurricane Harvey that initially began life as a relatively innocuous tropical storm just 400 km (249 miles) east of the island of Barbados on the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea. The storm, however, rapidly transformed itself into a powerful level 4 hurricane after entering the Gulf of Mexico...

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