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North Carolina’s Outer Banks is a popular tourist destination, home to wildlife preserves, beaches, and idyllic homes right on the water.
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But the region is especially prone to rising sea levels due to coastal erosion — and its residents are already feeling the shift.
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On February 9, a house in the unincorporated Outer Banks community of Rodanthe collapsed onto the shore after being battered by incoming waves.
And this view shows the second house dramatically toppling into the water.
“Unfortunately, there may be more houses that collapse onto Seashore beaches in the near future.”
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Every year, the sea level along the Outer Banks rises 5.3 millimeters on average — which doesn’t sound like a lot, but those small increments add up over time.
And communities in the Outer Banks are already working to combat the rising tides and increased flooding — which are likely to get worse as the climate warms.