After Hurricane Irene passed a year ago, the Outer Banks were transformed. Houses were smashed to pieces, roads were buried under mountains of sand, inlets appeared where there were none. But the Bankers,as always, persevered.
Looking Back at Irene
The strong northeast winds that preceded Hurricane Irene a year ago pushed water away from the Outer Banks. Old hands knew that was a bad sign. Find out why in this reporter’s retrospective.
Still Fixing the Damage Left by Irene
State transportation officials most likely will replace the temporary bridge over the breach on Pea Island left by Irene with a permanent one at the same location, but it will still be months before the long-term fix is chosen for the highway breach in Rodanthe.
Sea-Level Rise Debate Brings Curtain Down
The N.C. House approved a watered-down but still controversial bill on sea-level rise in one of last acts of the legislative session.
New Bill on Sea-Level Rise Yet to Surface
As adjournment nears, legislators are still seeking a compromise on the controversial sea-level rise bill that passed the N.C. Senate but was rejected by the House.
State Policy Won’t Affect Insurance Rates
Contrary to what we heard coming out of the legislature the last few weeks, those in the insurance industry say the state’s policy on sea-level rise will have no affect on property or flood insurance rates.
Sea-Level Rise Plan Draws a Crowd
A packed room showed up on Pivers Island near Beaufort yesterday to listen to a discussion of the state’s now-famous draft policy on sea-level rise. That’s what worldwide media attention will do.
Senate Panel OKs Sea-Level Rise Bill
Unfazed by a barrage of worldwide criticism and outright ridicule, the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee yesterday approved a bill that restricts the use of scientific modeling to predict future sea-level rise.
Sea-Level Rise Debate May Move to Raleigh
The N.C. General Assembly may consider a bill that would prevent the state from planning for the higher seas that many scientists expect later this century as the climate warms.
CRC Nudges Closer Towards Policy on Sea-Level Rise
The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission decided yesterday to turn its much debated draft policy on sea-level rise into a friendlier document designed to draw less ire.
Sea-Level Rise: The Onrushing Train
That’s the metaphor one scientist uses to describe a rising Atlantic Ocean that could dramatically alter the geography of the N.C. coast this century.
N.C. 12: Uncertain Future in Era of Rising Seas
Two severe cuts in N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island inflicted by Hurricane Irene were the most recent illustrations of the road’s vulnerability to erosion and storm damage, renewing questions about the futility of fixing such a vulnerable highway, especially in an era of a rapidly rising sea.