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    Op-Ed: A storm fueled by coal and drenched with ash

    Hurricane Florence reportedly caused damages as high as $22 billion, and the storm contributed to the deaths of at least 50 people. In a Tweet, scientists at the National Weather Service (NWS) called the storm a “1,000 year rain event.” That means there was a 0.1% chance of the storm producing the amount of rainfall that it did. This low probability points to the possibility that human activity may have contributed to severity of the storm.Hurricane Florence dumped upwards of 50 inches of rain in some places and displaced 10 trillion gallons of water, over three days, across the Carolinas and Virginia.   A group of researchers estimated that the…