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‘Sunny day flooding’ worsens at NC beaches

A sign sea rise is decades too soon, studies say

The Atlantic Ocean is eroding parts of North Topsail Beach by about five feet per year. The town of 800 residents is running out of cash and solutions in its efforts to protect its north shore. Whose job is to save this popular North Carolina tourist area?

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Living in cities threatened by sea-level rise could be like living near an active volcano, according to NOAA oceanographer William Sweet.

Some parts of the Earth are seeing sea levels rise far beyond average, and it's just a waiting game before some areas are inundated with sea water, studies show.

The East Coast of the U.S. is experiencing "sunny day flooding" that scientists didn't expect for decades yet.

Sea levels are rising at a rate of about an inch per year (5 inches from 2011-15) in some areas along the East Coast, from North Carolina to Florida, according to one study — that's faster than researchers expected.

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