ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With all the beauty we get to enjoy across Tampa Bay, it’s easy to forget about the risks — but the climate is changing, the sea level is rising and our home is increasingly more vulnerable if a major hurricane were to hit.

“There would be a lot of devastation,” said Brady Smith, the principal planner at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.

Smith was part of a team that created a Category 5 hurricane simulation to show what would happen in a worst-case scenario.

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