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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Tropical cyclone Louisiana Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Storm surge Hypertension Mississippi Fruit
‘Scary’ climate change may force zoning changes: Planning Commission
Climate change makes for a “scary” situation in the city’s coastal areas — which is why zoning changes might be needed near shorelines, the head of the Planning Commission warned Thursday. City Planning chief Carl Weisbrod said the changes his office are considering include new requirements to “help raise new buildings and existing buildings in...
11 points by New York Post | New York City Brooklyn Storm surge Queens Manhattan Tropical cyclone Weather Coney Island
Ocean City under tropical storm warning as Hermine moves up Atlantic coast
Ocean City is under a tropical storm warning as Tropical Storm Hermine moves up the coast, with major coastal flooding and wind gusts up to 65 mph expected from Saturday through Labor Day.At the Ocean City inlet, Atlantic waters are expected to reach flood stage by midday Saturday. They could rise...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Tropical cyclone Atlantic Ocean Maryland Wind Flood Storm surge Storm Weather
Hermine southeast of Ocean City, could regain hurricane force Sunday
Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the Maryland National Guard to deploy units to Ocean City on Saturday, as the coast remained under a tropical storm warning and is expected to see significant flooding. National Guard officials announced the deployment as Tropical Storm Hermine regained strength and continued...
415 points by Baltimore Sun | Tropical cyclone Storm Maryland Tropical cyclone meteorology Storm surge New Jersey Wind Beaufort scale
Waterbury child care center set for return to old location
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - After being driven out by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene five years ago, a Waterbury child care center is scheduled to reopen in its former location by the end of October. WCAX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2crqHJi ) the Hunger Mountain Children's Center will return to its old ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Tropical cyclone Storm surge Storm Executive director Thunderstorm Weather hazards Cyclone Precipitation
Coastal flooding advisory issued for Annapolis area
The National Weather Service has issued a costal flood advisory for Anne Arundel County until 5 a.m. Thursday. Some streets near Annapolis City Dock may be affected, with several hours of minor flooding expected on either side of Wednesday night's high tide, the advisory states. Dock Street and...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Maryland Calvert County Maryland Coast Tropical cyclone Chesapeake Bay Bridge Storm surge Chesapeake Bay Flood
10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Tropical cyclone Louisiana Storm surge Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Mississippi Weather United States
'Hurricane' Schwartz: No Hermine hype for ratings

26 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Tropical cyclone Flood Storm National Hurricane Center National Weather Service Jersey Shore Wind Storm surge
Ocean may one day swallow Trump’s ‘Winter White House’
President Trump’s “Winter White House” may one day be partially engulfed by the ocean. Climate scientists predict that his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Fla., will be impacted by sea levels rising more than 6 feet by the end of the century, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “Even though he’s president, Mar-a-Lago...
727 points by New York Post | Ocean Oceanography Florida Storm surge Sea level Earth Atlantic Ocean Tropical cyclone
Tides recede in Maine after highest levels in decades
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The tides are receding in Maine after reaching the highest levels in decades. Tides, accompanied by storm surge, peaked at 11.7 feet in Portland on Friday afternoon. Anything over 12 feet is considered flooding by the National Weather Service. Earlier in the week, tides in the ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Tide Storm surge Moon Tropical cyclone Geodesy Oceanography
4 spectacular tidal bores rivalling China’s ‘Silver Dragon’ wave (VIDEO)
Residents of Haining city, China are being warned to be wary of higher waves while viewing a strange water phenomenon which rushes up the Qiantang River every year. Read Full Article at RT.com
68 points by Russia Today | Moon Tidal bore Tide Tidal bores Qiantang River Celestial mechanics Storm surge Gravitation
Updated flood insurance needed for Ohio, nation: Collin O'Mara and Sara Calo (Opinion)
In some states, but not Ohio, private insurers are offering better flood coverage at lower rates than the National Flood Insurance Program, write Collin O'Mara of the National Wildlife Federation and Sara Calo of the Ohio Association of REALTORS®. Collin O'Mara is president and CEO of the National Wildlife FederationCollin O'Mara  A surge of destructive flooding has made the need for flood insurance in Ohio greater than it has ever been. With each passing year, flooding takes its toll on local communities, destroying homes and wildlife habitats throughout the state. Amazingly, Ohio residents essentially have only one option for getting flood insurance coverage. Throughout the state, a majority of home and business owners have been forced to rely on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for their flood coverage because it has been the only option to meet mandatory purchase requirements. In some states, however, private insurers are offering better coverage at lower rates than the NFIP because of statewide regulations to loosen restrictions on the marketplace. Since Ohio has not made such changes, private coverage can be purchased from out-of-state providers, but it is often not accepted by financial institutions issuing mortgages because it is not federally backed. Sara Calo is president of the Ohio Association of REALTORSSara Calo  This system is long overdue for an update, so Congress must act to level the playing field and address outdated and arcane regulations so that people across the state and country can have equal access private coverage if they choose. The status quo is unsustainable. Since premiums remain heavily subsidized and haven't kept up with the risk of inflation, the NFIP's overall debt has reached approximately $23 billion. The Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act (HR 2901), which unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives in April, would level the playing field for private insurers to enter the marketplace by clarifying that private policies can be used to meet the federal mandatory purchase requirements. Now it is the U.S. Senate's turn to act on the House legislation. View Cuyahoga County flood maps as updated in 2011 Competition is a vital part of any industry, and flood insurance is no exception. The presence of private insurers in the flood insurance marketplace will lead to more options, better prices and greater efficiencies for hundreds if not thousands of communities across the country. Ohio residents would finally be able to choose the flood coverage that works best for them instead of being restricted to the one-size-fits-all policies of the NFIP. Private insurers would also have more flexibility than a government-run program to provide additional coverages and price policies more accurately based on a property's exposure to flooding. This would lead to lower rates for many policyholders as well as discourage risky development in regions that experience frequent floods. In fact, current insurers writing private flood coverage are already targeting high-risk zones to offer better coverage at a lower rate. Just as importantly, HR 2901 would bring some desperately needed relief to the NFIP, which has struggled to remain solvent after major payouts from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. A 2015 GAO report found that at its current pace, the federal flood-insurance program, which is managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would be unable to repay its debt within a reasonable time frame, if ever. To avoid additional expensive taxpayer bailouts, it is necessary for the NFIP to reduce its exposure to risk by sharing some of the burden with other insurers. Reducing its risk would enable the NFIP to better serve policyholders and ensure that the program will still be around for future generations. Ohio's leaders have recognized the state's susceptibility to flooding: Eighty-six of the state's 88 counties voluntarily participate in the NFIP to manage their floodplains. According to FEMA, from October 2014 to September 2015, the NFIP paid out more than $7 million in claims to Ohio policyholders. Though that number is significant, states such as Florida, Texas and Alabama raked in $50 million to $115 million each. The threat from floods will only get worse in the coming years, making it imperative to give Ohio consumers access to flood insurance - whether it's from the NFIP or the private market - so they can bounce back quickly in the wake of a storm. The development of a private flood insurance marketplace is one of several reforms that would strengthen the NFIP and ensure its viability. In 2017, the program needs to be reauthorized and reformed, so Congress must act to avoid another series of short-term extensions and shutdowns that will only create uncertainty in real estate and related markets. The federal government also needs to make resiliency and mitigation efforts a greater priority, both within and outside of the NFIP. Strengthening infrastructure and helping homeowners take preventative measures will minimize the damage when storms hit and reduce the costs of post-disaster recovery. Communities can also invest in natural systems that restore the local ecology and help reduce flooding risks long-term. By restoring natural watersheds and other wildlife habitats that act as natural flood barriers, communities will have more of a buffer for future flooding and increased wildlife habitats nearby during the times of year when floods don't threaten Ohioans. 2012: Cleveland-area watershed restoration projects get $1.7 million in federal funding Another mitigation measure that would give consumers a clear picture of their vulnerability to flooding is updating flood maps using modern technology. Accurate maps would also ensure that flood insurance rates reflect the true risk that a property faces and require fewer homeowners to file expensive appeals. As the country braces for the rest of this year's hurricane season, the U.S. Senate needs to pass this common-sense and much-needed legislation to bring better flood coverage to Ohio residents and protect taxpayers from taking on the NFIP's crushing debt. Collin O'Mara is president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and a member of the SmarterSafer.org coalition. Sara Calo is president of the Ohio Association of REALTORS(r). ### Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below.
7 points by The Plain Dealer | Insurance Federal Emergency Management Agency National Flood Insurance Program Flood National Wildlife Federation Flood insurance Storm surge Dam
Japanese official criticized for flood piggyback ride
TV footage of Shunsuke Mutai, the vice minister of reconstruction, being held aloft to evade a puddle in northern town of Iwaizumi attracted...       
43 points by USA Today | Associated Press Tropical cyclone Rockefeller Center Mexico Storm surge