Hurricane Harvey unleashed two feet of rain on South Texas over the weekend, and the rain won’t let up for several days. The National Weather Service has called this storm an “unprecedented” event that is “beyond anything experienced.” Hundreds of thousands are facing flooding, electricity outages, evacuations, chemical spills, and more.
For those of you suffering the consequences of this disaster first-hand, our hearts go out to you. We fervently wish for your safety and security.
Climate change makes extreme weather events like Harvey worse, and may even cause them to occur more often. That’s why moms are working so hard to help our leaders craft policies to contain the pollution that is causing climate change—pollution from power plants, cars, and other sources.
Climate change amplifies damaging storms in several ways. Warmer air holds more moisture, which means heavier rainfall during storms. Warmer water intensifies hurricanes, which means higher wind speed when hurricanes do make landfall. And sea level rise makes storm surge worse, which causes water to go further inland, wreaking more damage along the way.
With hopes that everyone suffering from this storm gets the relief they need, as soon as possible.