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Hurricane Florence Could Pressure Congress to Extend NFIP, IIAV’s Bradshaw Says

Hurricane Florence could put pressure on U.S. Congress to extend the National Flood Insurance Program, but “it is still an open question as to whether it will lead to a comprehensive reform bill passing,” Robert Bradshaw, president and CEO of …

NOAA Expects Sea Level Rise to Produce Record Coastal Flooding This Year

Break out the galoshes. The projected increase in high tide flooding in 2018 may be as much as 60 percent higher across U.S. coastlines compared to typical flooding about 20 years ago, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and …

Nor’easter May Break Records, Threatens Billions in Real Estate

A potentially record-breaking nor’easter is set to pummel the U.S. East Coast with wind, snow and rain Friday, putting billions of dollars of coastal real estate at risk from “unprecedented flooding.” While upwards of a foot (30 centimeters) of snow …

Texas A&M Study: Better Science, Urban Planning Needed in Coastal Cities

The field of urban planning is gaining interest as cities around the world, including Houston, are facing increased exposure to weather-related risks and hazards ranging from sea level rise and flooding to temperature build-up and urban heat island effect. Philip …

Big Chill Returns to Menace Northeast as Snow Storm Subsides

The fast-moving snow storm that pummeled the U.S. Northeast, grounding flights, knocking out power to thousands and causing coastal flooding, gave way to a brutal cold on Friday with dozens of cities expected to break temperature records. The low in …

State Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Driving as Winter Storm Hits Northeast

Plow trucks and shovelers in the Northeast attacked the region’s newest winter storm as fresh powder piled on top of ever-growing piles and whiteout conditions made roads unsafe, immobilizing millions of residents. Winter storm warnings were in effect from upstate …

How to Bring Coastal Community Stakeholders into Disaster Planning

Recognizing that coastal storms can cause surges, sea-level rise and cyclone winds that devastate communities, emergency management experts in a new study have detailed a method for involving local stakeholders in planning for such extreme events and thereby helping vulnerable …

Fear of Flooding on the Rise Along Virginia’s Coast

When floodwaters poured into Holly Furlong’s Virginia Beach home in October, she ripped out electrical cords and rushed her four children upstairs. They spent the next two days without power, building blanket forts while anxiously waiting for sewage-tainted waters to …

Northeast Could See Impact of Tropical Storm Hermine After Months of Drought

Over the past several months, the Northeastern U.S. has experienced abnormally dry conditions leading to a drought that could last into the fall. Now, it is facing a different problem with the looming risk of heavy rain and wind from …

Sea Level Is Rising, but at Fluctuating Rates due to Volcanic Eruption: Study

Climate scientists have long warned of a rise in sea level as global warming melts the world’s glaciers. But while the level has been increasing at about 3.5 millimeters a year, the rate of increase itself has fluctuated, leading some …