If living through the ravages of a massive hurricane weren’t bad enough, imagine checking the damage to a local beach and being confronted by something that looks like it crawled out of a nightmare. That sinister sight greeted Preeti Desai in September 2017, when she investigated a stretch of Texas coastline in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Harvey had been the first large hurricane to reach the U.S. mainland in more than a decade. And over four days in August 2017, the storm brought record rainfall to a number of American states; East Texas was hit particularly badly. In fact, the resulting tropical cyclone was the wettest of its kind since records began in the U.S.