August 25, 2017 - Harvey Hammers Houston

Hurricane Harvey ties Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic.

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm, while dumping record levels of rain and causing extreme flooding throughout the state.

One trillion gallons of rain fell on Houston in four days. At its peak, one-third of Houston was underwater, forcing 32,000 people out of their homes and into shelters, and prompting more than 17,000 rescues.

At least 68 people died from the direct effects of the storm and another 35 people died from related causes, such as car accidents.

It caused $125 billion in damage, tying Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record in the Atlantic.

On today’s podcast, Chris Mei analyzes the track of the hurricane and explains why it produced a record-breaking amount of precipitation.

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