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FL - Florida Braces for a Storm of Homeowners Insurance Rate Hikes

Climate and financial markets combined to keep policies artificially cheap for years.

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USA - Why the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Has Spun Out of Control

By late spring, the consensus among experts was unsettlingly clear: 2020 would be an abnormally active hurricane season. What the experts didn't anticipate was just how wild things would get.

Southeast
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FL - Bay County Beaches Recovering From Increased Levels of Bacteria After Hurricane Sally

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A local expert said the torrential rains from Hurricane Sally are largely to blame for the recent uptick in bacteria levels at Bay County beaches.

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USA - Hidden Epidemics: Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis

The smell of smoke can put Rocklynn Culp of Twisp, Wash., on edge. It’s an inescapable reminder of the 2014 Carlton Complex fire, which, when it happened, was the largest wildfire in Washington state history.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Close Call With Storm Renews Debate Over Houston Barrier

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Houston, a Gulf Coast city that barely rises above sea level, has long worried about a worst-case weather scenario — a direct hit from a powerful storm that sends a wall of water barreling into the region’s petrochemical facilities, possibly triggering an environmental disaster.

Northeast
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CT - Yale Report Shows Alarming Climate Impacts in University's Own Backyard

As Yale’s researchers scan the globe to see the impacts of climate change, a new report out of the School of Public Health underscores a risk much closer to home.

Northeast
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NE - 82 Years Later, Remembering the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, One of the Deadliest Storms in Recorded History

In May of 1938, a Rhode Island high school sophomore by the name of Philip C. Greene wrote a poem that would later seem like a harbinger of the natural disaster that would befall so many New England communities like his in the months to follow.

Southeast
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FL - Navarre Beach Lost About 100 Million Cubic Yards of Sand During Hurricane Sally

Navarre Beach lost an estimated 100 million cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Sally, and officials are racing to tally the full extent of the damage to secure as much funding as possible to restore the beach.

Great Lakes
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MI - Lawmakers Consider State Task Force for Flooding and Erosion Issues

LANSING -- State lawmakers are exploring a new task force aimed at combating flooding and soil erosion, a problem that Michigan has been experiencing most recently with Great Lakes water levels hitting record heights this past spring and summer.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Part of Galveston's 61st Street Pier, a Popular Fishing Spot, Washed up on a Nearby Beach

GALVESTON — A wooden platform from a damaged fishing pier washed up on a Galveston beach on Monday, an early warning sign from Tropical Storm Beta, which is slowly approaching the southeast Texas coast.

Southeast
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FL - Perdido Keys?! Hurricane Sally Cuts Eastern Tip of Barrier Island Into Three Sections

Hurricane Sally gouged three breaches into the eastern tip of Perdido Key, separating the isolated stretch of barrier island into three small islands.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Entergy Provides Update on Hurricane Laura

Unprecedented restoration and rebuild work continues

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Florence's Financial Toll Clearer Two Years On

Two years ago this month Hurricane Florence hit the coast of North Carolina, leaving in its path billions in damage.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Sea Level Rise Could Cost Hawaii up to 40% of Its Beaches by 2050, Study Shows

As much as 40% of Hawaii's beaches could be lost to sea level rise by 2050, a new study predicts.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - The Vulnerable: Laura Proves It's Time to Rethink How We Handle Hurricanes

Hunkered down in a Metairie hotel, 50-year-old Ron Thomas scrolled through his phone, staring at photos of the storm-ravaged home he shares with his fiancee and his 73-year-old mother in northern Lake Charles. 

Gulf of Mexico
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AL - Governor Surveys Damage From Hurricane Sally

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey held press conferences in Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island after touring the storm damaged Alabama Gulf Coast, which was battered by Hurricane Sally last week.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - We Know Climate Change Set the Conditions for Oregon Fires. Did It Stoke the Flames, Too?

The extreme weather conditions that led into the Labor Day weekend wildfires were unlike anything Oregon’s seen before but could become more frequent.

International
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CAN - Hurricane Teddy to Stay off US coast, Bear Down on Canada

Powerful Hurricane Teddy will set its sights on Atlantic Canada for the middle of the week.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Tropical Storm Beta To Bring More Flooding To A Storm-Weary Gulf Coast

A storm-weary Gulf Coast bears down for another day of storms and potential flooding on Monday as Tropical Storm Beta prepares to make landfall along the Texas coastline.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Hurricane Sally's Onshore Industry Loss Could Reach $3bn: AIR Worldwide

Catastrophe risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has estimated that the insured cost of onshore property damages resulting from Hurricane Sally will be between $1 billion and $3 billion.

Southeast
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FL - Study Investigates Hurricane Evacuations in the Era of COVID-19

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 21)- The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - NFIP’s Flood Losses Expected to Be ‘Significant’ from Hurricane Sally: AM Best

Hurricane Sally is not expected to cause a major insurance loss – compared to events such as the ongoing wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington, or Hurricane Laura, according to AM Best.

Southeast
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FL - Hurricane Teddy to Batter Brevard Beaches With 11-foot Waves, Rip Currents Through Tuesday

Large breaking waves measuring 5 to 11 feet will strike the Space Coast surf zone through Tuesday as Hurricane Teddy treks northward far offshore, the National Weather Service warns.

Northeast
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MA - Falmouth Could Abandon An Iconic Coastal Road Within 30 Years

A new report sets a timeline for Falmouth to make a historic retreat from its iconic Surf Drive coastal roadway in the face of sea level rise, flooding, and other impacts of climate change.

Southeast
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FL - GUEST EDITORIAL: Florida Is at Risk for Sea Level Rise, and State Lawmakers Must Act Now

Throughout our history, Floridians have reveled in our state’s natural resources. With our miles of beautiful beaches, gorgeous coastline, and ample sunshine, it is no wonder our state is a destination for people from across the globe.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Hurricane Sally’s Major Flooding Exposes Flaws in FEMA Maps

Tens of thousands of homeowners face financial losses because they were not considered to be in a flood zone and were not required to have insurance

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Editorial: Coastal erosion threatens parks

Baldwin Beach Park’s doomed pavilion is a “poster child” for the damage coastal erosion and sea level rise cause.

Mid-Atlantic
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USA - Sally Spreading Torrential Rainfall, Flooding to Georgia, Carolinas, Virginia

Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning near the Alabama and Florida border, with catastrophic flooding rainfall, damaging storm surge and strong winds.

International
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World - UN: 'Climate-Smart' Cities Are the Future – Here Are Three Examples

More than half of the world's population lives in cities, and most future population growth is predicted to happen in urban areas. But the concentration of large numbers of people and the ecosystems built around their lives has also been a driver of climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Thousands Lose Power as Hurricane Sally Approaches the Gulf Coast

Flooding, power outages and bridge closures spread throughout coastal Alabama and Northwest Florida Tuesday night as Hurricane Sally battered the region.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Who’s to Blame for New Orleans’ Long History of Flooding? ABC’s Ginger Zee Says Look Back to 1718

Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee researches Mississippi River Delta conservation efforts to mitigate hurricane impacts

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Sally Expected to Alter Gulf Coast Beaches From Louisiana to Alabama

A new U.S. Geological Survey coastal change forecast predicts a decrease in impacts due to Hurricane Sally.

Southeast
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FL - Florida Is the 'Most Flood-Prone' State With No Flood Disclosure Laws, Experts Say

Though prone to flooding, Florida does not require a flood disclosure law in the process of selling a home.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Two Years After Hurricane Florence, $2 Billion Provided for N.C. Recovery

On Sept. 14, 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina and dumped as much as 30 inches of rain in some places. Catastrophic flooding caused extensive damage to homes and infrastructure in a large portion of the state.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - At $1.6B, Hurricane Laura Did More Agriculture Damage in Louisiana Than Katrina and Rita Combined

Hurricane Laura caused $1.6 billion in damage to Louisiana agriculture, according to preliminary estimates from the LSU AgCenter.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Plodding and Powerful, Hurricane Sally Moves in on Gulf Coast

GULFPORT, Miss. — Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with the heaviest downpours dumping nearly 2 feet of rain.

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USA - La Niña May Brew a More Active Hurricane Season, Worsen Drought in the Southwest

La Niña conditions weaken wind shear in the tropical Atlantic, allowing more hurricanes to form.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - New Orleans Orders Evacuations; Governor Declares State of Emergency as Louisiana Prepares for Hurricane Sally

With much of southwest Louisiana still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Laura, new evacuations have been ordered as Tropical Storm Sally aims for the central Gulf Coast.

Northeast
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RI - Warren's Rising Waters Compel Officials to Plan Retreat

Experimental economic redevelopment to address town’s flooding woes

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - We're Just Figuring Out the Toll of Hurricane Laura

As Audubon Louisiana assesses damage to its coastal sites, including Rainey Sanctuary, people in Louisiana need help to recover from the storm.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Division of Coastal Management to host contractors' webinar for N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program

The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (DCM) will host a free interactive webinar on the new N.C. Resilient Coastal Communities Program, September 23, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. The intended audience includes consultants, regional governments, colleges/universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have an interest in receiving and submitting a response to the program's 2020 Phase 1 and Phase 2 Request for Qualifications.

Northeast
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NY - Opinion: By Design and Democracy, NYC Must Move Toward Equitable Waterfronts

‘Whether we like it or not, we need to adapt our city to manage the mounting risks that sea-level rise and climate change pose to New York’s waterfront communities.’

International
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Indian Ocean - A New Island of Hope Rising From the Indian Ocean

The modern island of Hulhumale is taking shape 8km off the north-east coast of Malé island in the Maldives in direct response to the threat posed by inexorably rising sea levels.

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USA - How States Can Finance Coastal Resilience Before the Next Disaster

As climate change drives more intense storms, hurricane-related costs in the United States have increased 1,100% since 1980, and the population of counties prone to hurricane damage has increased at least 22% faster than the overall U.S. population has grown.

Northeast
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NJ - Land Development in New Jersey Continues to Slow

It's unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to fight inequality will affect future trends

International
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UK - How Artificial Salt Marshes Can Help in the Fight Against Rising Seas

Made from Crossrail clay, Europe’s biggest coastal habitat restoration project is a valuable flood defence but is itself threatened by climate change

Northeast
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NY - New York City Residents Document Sea-Level Rise in Coastal Neighborhoods

The Community Flood Watch Project is collecting resident reports of flooding in Jamaica Bay.

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USA - The Best Insurance to Have When You Live in a Hurricane-Prone State

If you live somewhere with hurricanes, it’s time to look into your homeowner’s and car insurance policies. We lay out what you should look for in a policy and when you should get it (spoiler alert: get it now).

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Could Healthy Wetlands Have Blunted Hurricane Laura's Destruction?

“They’re very important to us as a buffer to storms. That’s one of the, I think, most important things that those wetlands do,” said wetlands ecologist Bob Thomas.

International
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World - Tropical Storm Paulette, Earliest 'P'-Named Storm on Record, Forms in the Atlantic

The storm tops the September 17, 2005, record held by Philippe, continuing 2020 pace of record-setting named Atlantic storms.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Hurricane Laura's Devastating Winds, Water Give Researchers Months of Data to Study

A massive storm surge and rough waves already were pushing inland from the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Laura’s earliest gusty winds and dark clouds threatened as a group of storm chasers hit Holly Beach.

West Coast
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CA - Stanford Says Northern California Highways Face Sea Level Threat Rise

A Stanford University study warns that coastal highways face a growing risk of flooding from sea level rise and storm surges that cascade into delays for commuters with limited road alternatives that may be miles away from flooding.

International
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World - Leading Banks Commit to Valuing Natural Capital

The CEOs of 37 major financial institutions announced that they would be integrating natural capital considerations into their products and services as a result of their commitment to the UN backed Natural Capital Declaration.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Louisiana at greater risk of hurricanes in record-setting storm season

The hyper-active season is forecast to continue in the weeks ahead as a pattern of cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures called La Niña continues to develop along the equator in the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - An Earthquake-Generated Tsunami Could Quickly Inundate Parts of Washington State, New Simulation Shows

Parts of Washington State could be inundated with water if a major earthquake struck offshore and generated a tsunami, according to new simulations by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - Virginia City Seeks Conservation Solution for Flood-Prone Properties

As climate change fuels flooding all over the country, one coping strategy is managed retreat: Local governments use federal funds to buy up waterlogged properties at fair market value, throwing distressed owners a financial lifeline and repurposing that land to help mitigate the impacts of recurrent flooding.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - This Neighborhood Flooded 17 Times Over the Last 30 Years—Now It’s Moving

As climate change makes some places unlivable, how can we help the people who live there?

International
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World - Climate Change Is Indeed Making Hurricanes Worse

Quite a few years ago, climate scientists warned that if our climate continued to warm, our storms would become more numerous and stronger. It appears those predictions were mostly correct.

Northeast
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NJ - Hoboken Announces Plan to Sue Fossil Fuel Companies Over Chronic Flooding Issues, Citing Climate Change

HOBOKEN, NJ – Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken—a densely populated urban enclave sitting at sea level along the mouth of the Hudson River—has announced that the City will sue fossil fuel companies over the ongoing impacts of flooding. The basis for the suit is the collective and demonstrable denial of climate change by oil companies.

West Coast
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CA - An Uphill Battle: Coastal Bluff Property Proposal Under City Review, Prompts Resident Opposition

For about the past decade, the bluff property has remained idle. That was until this year, when new property owners submitted plans to the city to construct seven homes.

Coastwide
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USA - Mortgage Lenders Face Increasing Risks From Sea-Level Rise

As flooding grows more frequent, some smaller banks are shunning 30-year mortgages.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - 31 Oil and Chemical Spills Linked to Hurricane Laura, EPA Reports

The federal government received 31 reports of oil and chemical spills that are connected to Hurricane Laura, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes - Big Problems for Smallest Great Lake: More Precipitation, Warmer Temperatures and Controversial Regulation Plan Upend Life Along Lake Ontario

SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good Time Tavern, when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Record-Setting Rain and Heat? This Is the New Normal

I’m the director of the North Carolina Climate Office, which is the go-to source for expertise in North Carolina’s climate. But if you call me to ask if there’s a downpour on the way, I probably won’t know the answer off the top of my head.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Laura Strongest Louisiana Hurricane in Modern Era

The National Hurricane Center estimated that Laura’s maximum sustained winds were 150 miles per hour as it moved ashore in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Gulf of Mexico
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USA - Hurricane Laura Industry Losses Seen as 'Manageable' by Analysts

Insurance and reinsurance industry losses from Hurricane Laura's onslaught of the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast region today (Aug. 27) are expected to be manageable for the industry, despite the intensity of the storm, analysts have said.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Hurricane Laura Damages Estimated at $8 Billion to $12 Billion in Louisiana, Analysts Say

Insurance companies are getting a scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Laura, with an analytics already estimating insured damage in the state at $8 billion to $12 billion a day after the storm slammed into southwest Louisiana and left a trail of destruction northward through the state.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - ‘Cascading Disasters’: What a Hurricane Means When You Live Next to a Refinery

Before Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm, meteorologists warned that it would hit industrial coastal cities like Port Arthur, Texas, especially hard.

Coastwide
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USA - Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?

Millions of people rely on real estate websites when they're hoping to buy or rent a home.

Coastwide
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USA - Climate Resilient Infrastructure Saves Taxpayers Money & Protects Communities

Earlier this year, a Michigan dam collapsed after heavy rainfall. The resulting flood forced thousands to flee their homes and will cost upwards of $175 million dollars.

Gulf of Mexico
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MS - Biloxi’s 15-Year Recovery From Hurricane Katrina Offers Lessons for Other Coastal Cities

The one-two punch of tropical storms Marco and Laura along the U.S. Gulf coast eerily echoes Hurricane Katrina’s arrival 15 years ago, on August 29, 2005.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - How Hurricane Laura Could've Caused 'One of the Worst Environmental Disasters Ever' in Houston

Tuesday, Phil Bedient kept checking noaa.gov for the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Laura, which was gathering strength in the 90-degree Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Hundreds of Thousands Flee as Hurricane Laura Barrels Toward the U.S. Gulf Coast

Hurricane Laura is forecast to rapidly power up into a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane, even stronger than previously expected, as it churns toward Texas and Louisiana, swirling wind and water over much of the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - The Last Major Hurricane Landfall in Louisiana, Rita, Was 15 Years Ago. It's Been Forgotten By Some.

This week, Laura could bring Louisiana its first landfall from a Category 3 or stronger hurricane in 15 years, since Hurricane Rita throttled parts of the state.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - As Twin Hurricanes Converge on the Gulf Coast, $31 Billion 'Ike Dike' Still in Planning Stages

As Tropical Storm Laura powers up the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the risk of “life-threatening storm surge” to the Texas Gulf Coast including Galveston, an ambitious and costly proposal for protecting the area from a massive storm continues to slowly grind its way through the federal approval process.

International
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World - Paying for Extreme Weather: Wildfire, Hurricanes, Floods and Droughts Quadrupled in Cost Since 1980

A new report looks at the price of climate-linked natural disasters and how global warming is making them worse.

Coastwide
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USA - Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA Scientist: Warmer Oceans Will Mean Stronger Hurricanes

WASHINGTON - As if 2020 didn’t have enough going for it already, forecasters expect an especially busy hurricane season this year.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Glimpsing the End of the Pier? Future Hazy for NC Coastal Icons

Repeated hurricanes drive up costs and risk as developers flood beach towns, but NC fishing piers provide habitat, recreation and economic draw.

Coastwide
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USA - Torrent Urges Expansion of NFIP

Forty per cent (40%) of the US population – about 127 million people – live in coastal areas, putting them at risk of flooding from storm surge and record-setting high tides, according to a report by Torrent Technologies.

Southeast
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FL - Heated debate accompanies City Council vote on development in flood-prone areas

The St. Petersburg City Council is moving forward with a plan to allow some development in flood-prone areas of the city.