This article was originally published on Climate.gov
Although Sandy had lost its hurricane status by the time it made landfall in New York City on October 29, 2012, the force of the post-tropical cyclone cost 43 New Yorkers their lives and cost the metropolis roughly $19 billion, all while bringing much of the city's transportation and telecommunications services to a halt. In a special report released after the storm, New York City officials called Sandy a "cruel reminder of how destructive coastal storms can be in our dense urban environment—storms that, with climate change, are expected to increase in intensity.
This video was published in Climate.gov's "Decision Maker's Toolbox" section
Developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the sea level rise viewer offers access to data and information about the risks of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding along the coastal United States. The Web-based map has the potential to help business owners and community planners—like New Jersey’s Ivar Johnson, whose bayside restaurant was damaged by Sandy last October—build (or rebuild) in a more resilient way. The video below provides a virtual tour.
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