In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a plume of organic peroxides has been moving through the air and water after two explosions at a chemical plant. As the temperature and waters rise, and cooling facilities lose electrical power, toxic substances are more likely to escape into the environment. Read more here, and here.
That smoky smell in Chapel Hill and Carrboro? It's from a wildfire in Pender County begun by a lightning strike, and a month-long grassfire in Dare County. Both counties are on the coast; the smoke has traveled between 130 and 200 miles to get here. - Link
A brief glance at these two maps indicates that just because there is a higher frequency of tornadoes doesn't mean that's where all the death and destruction occurs. Read the post from a geologist at the University of Chicago to find out what may drive the discrepancy. - Link
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