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As Charleston Seawall Looms, Some Seek More Natural Methods

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP)–A plan to build a $1.1 billion seawall around much of downtown Charleston is leaning toward relying on concrete structures, although many would like to see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers include less intrusive solutions such as …

Dangerous Flooding Expected Along U.S. Gulf Coast as Nicholas Approaches

HOUSTON — The Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana was bracing on Monday for the arrival of Tropical Storm Nicholas, which was expected to batter the region with an intense storm surge and rains that could cause widespread and life-threatening …

Ida v. Katrina in New Orleans: Fewer People, Better Levees, Smaller Storm Surge

Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 made landfall within 50 miles of one other and each carried 150 mph winds at one point, but the amount of death and destruction caused by the two storms was vastly different because …

As Ida Leaves Gulf, Analysts Foresee Modest Economic Damage

WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than 1 million customers in Louisiana and Mississippi having lost power, Hurricane Ida is sure to take a toll on the energy, chemical and shipping industries that have major hubs along the Gulf Coast. But …

Tropical Storm Henri Could Strike Long Island, New England Next Week

Tropical Storm Henri is set to grow into a hurricane before slamming the U.S. Northeast anywhere from Long Island to Massachusetts, bringing heavy rain, a flooding storm surge and thrashing winds to the region starting Sunday. Hurricane watches have been …

New Florida Law Seeks to Protect State From Sea Level Rise

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill …

Hurricane That Hit Louisiana in 2020 Was Category 3, Not 2

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, which swept through southeast Louisiana at the tail end of the 2020 hurricane season, has been upgraded to a major, Category 3 storm at Louisiana landfall, according to a federal report released Tuesday that …

Florida GOP Outlines $100 Million+ Plan to Tackle Climate Change

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Low-lying Florida, surrounded by the sea, is one of the most vulnerable U.S. states to ocean level rise driven by climate change. State Republican legislative leaders on Friday announced a $100 million-a-year plan to tackle …

US to Urge Barriers, Elevation to Fight NJ Back Bay Flooding

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The federal government will recommend flood control measures including storm surge barriers, floodwalls, and elevating homes and other buildings in a report later this year on combating back bay flooding, a major problem in …

N.J. Supreme Ct. Affirms That Insurers Liable for $300M in Superstorm Sandy Damages

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday ended an effort by Lloyd’s of London syndicates and other insurers to escape coverage for an additional $300 million in Superstorm Sandy damages suffered by the New Jersey Transit District. The high court …