Heavy flooding hits the east coast of the United States

Heavy flooding hit the east coast of the United States on Friday, especially the coastal areas around the capital Washington and Baltimore.

The region is undergoing what could be “one of the biggest tidal floods in the past 10-20 years“, warned the American meteorological services (NWS), adding that in some places, the damage could be the most important seen since Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

Floods caused by tide or rain, “strong winds and severe thunderstorms capable of producing potentially destructive gusts“are expected in the area around Washington and Baltimore, according to the local NWS.

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Several coastal flood warnings have been issued by meteorological services from Virginia to central New Jersey.

In Annapolis, a coastal town in Maryland located about fifty kilometers from Washington, the inhabitants who circulated in the flooded streets had water up to their knees. One of them had even chosen to travel by kayak, thus staying dry.

On Monday, California experienced record high rains, causing multiple flooding, after months of drought and recurring forest fires.

The role of climate change is regularly pointed out by scientists to explain the recurrence and intensity of these extreme climatic phenomena.

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