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Highly respected computer model projects up to 60 inches of rain

The European model computer, widely-regarded as being the most accurate or skilled in the world, just came in with an astonishing forecast: Rainfall totals could go as high as 50 to 60 inches in isolated areas of Texas near the path of Harvey:

The model is able to generate this much rainfall because it stalls the hurricane over approximately the same area through Friday of next week.

While it is impossible to pinpoint exactly where such rainfall might occur, and it’s possible this model forecast could be overdone, this amount of water would result in a flooding disaster which is difficult to imagine.

Hurricane Harvey updates: Texas hit by powerful storm, heavy rain

Hurricane Harvey is on track to be the strongest storm to strike the United States in 12 years. It’s forecast to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. Follow along for updates on preparations, evacuations and forecasts.

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