Catastrophic floods could hit Europe far more often, study finds

Slow-moving storms such as recent deluge in Germany could become 14 times more frequent by 2100

Catastrophic floods such as those that struck Europe recently could become much more frequent as a result of global heating, researchers say.

High-resolution computer models suggest that slow-moving storms could become 14 times more common over land by the end of the century in a worst-case scenario. The slower a storm moves, the more rain it dumps on a small area and the greater the risk of serious flooding.

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