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At Least 28 Dead as Historic Floods Devastate Kentucky

Facts

  • At least 28 people have been killed in Appalachia, Kentucky by devastating floods caused by torrential rains and fast-rising water.
  • Flash flooding and mudslides were reported across the mountainous regions of eastern Kentucky, western Virginia, and southern West Virgina, where thunderstorms moved through the area unleashing several inches of rain throughout last week.
  • Kentucky's Gov. Andy Beshear called the weather of recent days "one of the worst, most devastating flooding events" in the state's history, saying that officials expect the death toll to climb as rescuers search the rising waters for people stranded and those unaccounted for.

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Narrative A

This catastrophic flooding event isn't a one-off occurrence. As our climate continues to change, the frequency and magnitude of these events will increase, destroying property and taking lives. It's time to demand emergency climate action.

Narrative B

It's easy to dismiss any extreme weather event as a consequence of climate change, but in reality, they're usually influenced by a myriad of factors that have nothing to do with a changing climate. More research is needed before we can establish any direct causal link between the two.

Nerd narrative

There is a 50% chance that sea levels will rise by at least 577 millimeters by 2100, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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