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Study: Harvey-like rainfall to hit Texas more often

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A new MIT study estimates a 18-in-100 chance coastal Texas will experience a 20-inch rain by 2081, up from a 1-in-100 chance during the period of 1981-2000, per the AP.

Why it matters: With increased odds for massive rainfall comes huge risks for Texas' infrastructure and housing stock. Texas' state climatologist told AP that the study indicates that the state's "safety margin is shrinking" as the chances for high-precipitation events rise.