So, what would happen if South Dakota was in the path of Hurricane Harvey at it's worst (yes, I know we aren't a coastal state so we don't have to deal with hurricanes - but go with me here)? Well, thanks to a little help from a friend (thanks Kristian), we took a map of Hurricane Harvey as it hit Houston and slid it over a scaled map of South Dakota.

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Yikes! Needless to say South Dakota would be under water... as well as portions of Iowa and Minnesota.

Check out how Harvey would have affected other states and countries around the world...

NOTE: In the images below, Kristian used just the area of the storm that made landfall over Houston. The image above included the storm extending into the Gulf in order to show the effects on our neighboring states). 

New England

NASA | Google Maps

Most of New York state is also covered.

NASA | Google Maps

As is Maine.

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And Michigan.

NASA | Google Maps

And Washington.

NASA | Google Maps

Moving outside of the United States, the storm impact would cover half of Poland.

NASA | Google Maps

All of Ireland.

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And Switzerland.

NASA | Google Maps

The impact would cover most of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

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Most of Iceland.

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And Hungary.

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Spinning the globe a little more, and all of Israel would be underwater.

NASA | Google Maps

As would Syria.

NASA | Google Maps

Heading back west, Costa Rica is covered.

NASA | Google Maps

As is Honduras.

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Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

NASA | Google Maps

Going east shows the impact covering North Korea.

NASA | Google Maps

And Taiwan.

NASA | Google Maps

Honestly, we could keep going for days, but you get the idea. Texas is a BIG state, and this should help people not from the area understand just how far Harvey's impact has reached.

It's not just Houston.