In September 2013, a slow-moving cold front stalled over Colorado and mixed with warm, humid airflow from the south—the result was a devastating deluge across Colorado’s Front Range. The severe rain, which lasted more than a week, caused catastrophic flooding and damage, including 10 fatalities, numerous injuries, and more than $535 million in state highway and local roadway damage. The massive floods destroyed or damaged nearly 500 miles of public roads and temporarily closed 39 different roadways.
As sea levels rise, Tybee Island, Georgia—once a favorite haunt of the notorious pirate, Blackbeard—faces a very different kind of threat from the ocean. The city is Georgia’s most densely developed barrier island and a popular tourist destination: its year round population of 3,000 swells to roughly 30,000 during summer weekends.
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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.
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