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After a week of storms and high water, Hurricane Harvey has now left at least 43 people in southeast Texas dead. In addition to the damage to infrastructure, property and residents' lives, the possible environmental consequences of the massive flooding in the nation's largest petrochemical complex are just now becoming apparent.

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Last week, a team of intrepid storm chasers converged near Corpus Christi, Texas to witness the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, the storm that's brought over 127cm of rain to the Texas Gulf Coast and major flooding to the city of Houston. But these researchers collecting data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) didn't just get the usual storm readings. They obtained weather balloon data they say have never before been collected from a hurricane in the history of the agency. Eventually, they hope the information acquired will help improve forecast models and prevent future disasters such as the flooding in Houston.

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As Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters begin to slowly recede from Houston, leaving behind at least 23 dead, residents and authorities alike are only beginning to assess the surreal extent of the damage throughout the region. That includes America's largest refining and petrochemical complex, which experts have warned for years would be a serious hazard if the area was hit by something like Harvey.

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Extreme rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Harvey has left thousands in Houston and surrounding communities stranded. Some parts of the city have experienced over 100cm of rain, and forecasters say that number is expected to rise over the coming days. This morning the storm repositioned itself in the Gulf of Mexico, where it will collect more moisture before striking land again. When it does, some areas of Texas and Louisiana could see an additional 51cm of rain. On top of all this, flash flood warnings are still in effect.

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Meteorologists are currently tracking a pair of weather systems, a tropical storm named Don that appears to be on its way out, and an emerging system that will be dubbed Hilary should it continue to gain strength. While the names given to these storms might seem deliberate, they're actually the product of a naming convention that dates back to 1953.