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Babcock Ranch: Solar-powered “hurricane-proof” town takes direct hit from Hurricane Ian, never loses electricity

While hard-hit Fort Myers, Florida, continues its recovery from Hurricane Ian, some hope can be found 12 miles to the northeast at the planned community of Babcock Ranch. That's where Syd Kitson and his partners built an environmentally friendly, fully sustainable town that they hoped would be hurricane proof. Kitson, an eco-conscious developer and former pro football player, rode out the hurricane at Babcock Ranch. Unbelievably, none of the 5,000 people there lost power during the storm.


Persistent Rains Pummel Chicago, Submerging Roads and Swamping Basements

By Julie Bosman Photo: Taylor Glascock, The New York Times

Torrential, unrelenting rains swept through Chicago on Sunday, flooding basements and alleys, closing grocery stores and restaurants, and leaving cars floating under viaducts on streets impassable with deep water.


In flooded Kentucky, schools race to rebuild

By Emily Cochrane Photo: Jared Hamilton/The New York Times

This school year was, finally, supposed to be a return to normal. But after floodwaters wrecked homes and schools across the region, simply getting started will be a challenge.


Dallas flooding is 5th 1-in-1,000-year flood event in US since late July

By Wyatt Loy Photo: AP Photo/LM Otero

From the Desert Southwest to the southern Plains and Midwest, epic deluges have been an unfortunately common occurrence over the past month.


Five 1,000-year rain events have struck the U.S. in five weeks. Why?

By Matthew Cappucci Photo: The Washington Post

Five weeks. Five instances of 1,000-year rain events. If it seems like the weather across the Lower 48 as of late has been bonkers, you’re not imagining things. It’s been a maelstrom of weather extremes, a seesaw fluctuating wildly from significantly dry to record wet conditions.


A ‘megaflood’ in California could drop 100 inches of rain, scientists warn

By Matthew Cappucci Photo: Noah Berger/AP

A mention of California might usually conjure images of wildfires and droughts, but scientists say that the Golden State is also the site of extreme, once-a-century “megafloods” — and that climate change could amplify just how bad one gets.


The coming California megaflood

By Raymond Zhong Photo: Erin Schaff

California, where earthquakes, droughts and wildfires have shaped life for generations, also faces the growing threat of another kind of calamity, one whose fury would be felt across the entire state.


Here’s how extreme the D.C.-area rainstorm was Wednesday night

By Jason Samenow

The deluge in the D.C. area Wednesday night flooded roads and triggered traffic gridlock, with high water levels even stranding motorists — some needing rescue — and entering homes and businesses. Many areas saw an extreme of between 1 and 3 inches of rain in an hour.


Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’

By Gabrielle Canon Photo: Lauren Dauphin

Recent severe rains in Death Valley that flushed debris across roadways, damaged infrastructure and carried away cars are being described by meteorologists and park officials as a once-in 1,000-year event.
The arid valley was pelted with roughly an inch and a half of rain on Friday, near the park’s rainfall record for a single day.


How floods become human catastrophes

By Somini Sengupta Photo: Ryan C. Hermens, The Associated Press

The greatest hazard of the climate-changed era is often just the hard fact of being poor.
It’s what turns an extreme weather event into a human catastrophe. If you don’t have much, you’re likely to get hit harder. It’s likely to take you much longer to recover. That’s especially true for the world’s poorest. In Pakistan, exceptionally heavy rains in some of the most remote, poorest parts the country killed 550 people this week.