Deadly Floods in Tennessee Continue Our Summer of Extreme Rain

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Deadly Floods in Tennessee Continue Our Summer of Extreme Rain
Brian Mitchell, right, looks through the damaged home of his mother-in-law along with family friend Chris Hoover, left, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Waverly, Tenn.
Brian Mitchell, right, looks through the damaged home of his mother-in-law along with family friend Chris Hoover, left, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Waverly, Tenn.
Photo: Mark Humphrey (AP)

At least 22 people have died and more than 20 are missing in Tennessee after torrential, record-breaking rain pounded the state this weekend, causing massive floods through rural towns that left a wake of destruction. The extreme rainfall—and the state’s recent history of deadly floods—are consistent with what we can expect as the planet gets warmer and storms get even more intense.

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More than 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain fell on Humphreys County, which is in the center of the state just west of Nashville, in 24 hours on Saturday. The National Weather Service said that that measurement beat the record for one-day rainfall in the state, set in 1982, by more than 3 inches (8 centimeters). (The data will go to a panel of experts to be vetted before it’s made official.)

“We had an incredible amount of water in the atmosphere,” Krissy Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s local office, told the AP. “Thunderstorms developed and moved across the same area over and over and over.”