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March 19 2013

Katrina-Like Storm Surges Could Become Norm


The combined effects of sea level rise and more powerful storms could cause a 10-fold increase in the occurrence rate of extreme storm surges, but smart planning could prevent Katrina-level destruction

Last year's devastating flooding in New York City from Hurricane Sandy was the city's largest storm surge on record. Though Hurricane Sandy was considered a 100-year-event a storm that lashes a region only once a century a new study finds global warming could bring similar destructive storm surges to the Gulf and East Coasts of the United States every other year before 2100.

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