First Street Foundation, The Invading Sea, Nov. 1, 2018

 

With each passing hurricane season, Florida’s coastal communities brace themselves for storms that seem to be getting worse. After the devastating 2017 hurricane season and the unexpected and rapid acceleration of Hurricane Michael, homeowners are growing increasingly concerned about the effect that worsening storm surge could have on their homes.

First Street Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tech nonprofit that educates policymakers and the public about the risks, causes, and solutions to sea-level rise, set out to determine the role that sea-level rise plays in these catastrophic weather events. The results? Sea-level rise since 1970 caused an additional 57,000 homes in Florida to be affected by Hurricane Irma’s storm surge.

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