The U.S. is already seeing the effects sea level rise can have on coastal flooding, and it is likely to get much worse, according to federal researchers.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday released its annual high tide flooding report, which counts the number of days coastal communities experience rising waters that are not associated with rainfall or hurricanes.
This so-called “sunny day” flooding is becoming increasingly common, thanks to sea level rise, researchers said.
“The future is already here in terms of sea level rise impacts,” William Sweet, an oceanographer with NOAA, said on a call with reporters. “The impacts are here and now.”
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Woman in Nebraska dies when her vehicle is swept by flooding
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A woman has died after her vehicle was swept away by rushing water in flooded south-central Nebraska, making her the first death attributed to the flooding this week.
News of the death Wednesday came as authorities expressed concern that runoff from heavy rains moving down several rivers poses new threats of flooding to downstream communities.
Warnings were issued after up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain fell in some spots during storms that struck Buffalo, Dawson, Frontier, Gosper, Kearney and Phelps counties overnight Monday. Floodwater entered several communities, including Kearney, where several people were stranded in their homes or vehicles.