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New York’s flash floods are not a slam dunk for climate change action, but proof of America’s inability to cope with bad weather

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In the past few days, four states in the eastern US have copped the tail end of Hurricane Ida. While the wind speeds may have declined since Ida hit the Louisiana coast, there has been extremely heavy rain in northeastern states that has caused flash flooding. At the time of writing, at least 50 people were thought to have died across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

It's the second major burst of rain in recent weeks. On August 21, 1.94 inches of rain fell on Central Park in one hour as a result of Hurricane Henri, a record at the time. Yet that was beaten on September 1, when 3.15 inches fell in one hour. New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, pointed the finger of blame at climate change. “A record set two weeks ago, another record set now, rainfall like we haven’t seen ever before. This is the biggest wake-up call we could possibly get.”

Ida was certainly a massive storm, with wind speeds hitting 150 miles per hour as it approached the Louisiana coast. More than 60 deaths were directly caused by Ida across the US. However, in terms of damage, Ida pales in comparison with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which was slightly stronger, but caused more than 1,800 deaths, mostly in........

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