Climate scientist: 'blind luck...


Climate scientist: 'blind luck' a major catastrophe was avoided during flooding of Midleton and Glanmire

Jamie O'Hara
Jamie O'Hara

09:52 29 Feb 2024

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A new report by a team of international scientists found extreme rainfall during Storm Babet in October last year was more than twice as likely due to global warming.

Homes and business in Midleton, Glanmire and the surrounding areas suffered millions of euro worth of damage on the 18th of October in the worst flooding event to hit Cork in a generation.

An RTE Prime Time report airing tonight will hear the chances of heavy rainfall have increased by 120 per cent compared to pre-industrial times.

The show will hear from meteorologists who say a weather event such as the Storm Babet floods can be attributed to climate change.

It will also highlight the potential 'catastrophe' that could have happened if the flooding had happened at high tide rather than low tide.

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