A fifth day of flooding hit the Midwest yesterday, forcing people to abandon another 1,000 homes. At least 26 people have died, according to the Associated Press, in rain-related fatalities across the country in the past week. Parts of Ohio reported the worst flooding in 100 years.
Gov. Ted Strickland declared a formal emergency for several counties, and called flooding a "major, major disaster." One prediction scientists have made about global warming is that it will produce rain in more intense bursts, as a more energetic atmosphere absorbs more moisture and unleashes it with more fury.
No one storm can be attributed to climate change, but scientists in some parts of the country have documented over recent decades an increase in storms that release excessive amounts of precipitation over short periods of time. They predict more to come if nothing is done to slow the rate of global warming.
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