Flamingos take refuge in a bathroom at Miami-Metro Zoo, Sept. 14, 1999 as tropical-storm force winds from Hurricane Floyd approaches.

Flamingos take refuge in a bathroom at Miami-Metro Zoo, Sept. 14, 1999 as tropical-storm force winds from Hurricane Floyd approaches.

Hurricanes suck. (In 1999, Hurricane Floyd brought devastation to North Carolina. Flood waters surrounded Hardee's corporate headquarters in Rocky Mount, N.C.)

Hurricanes suck. (In 1999, Hurricane Floyd brought devastation to North Carolina. Flood waters surrounded Hardee's corporate headquarters in Rocky Mount, N.C.)

When Hurricane Floyd swept the Bahamas in 1999, the Coral Island Nassau observation tower was decimated and fell into abandonment.

When Hurricane Floyd swept the Bahamas in 1999, the Coral Island Nassau observation tower was decimated and fell into abandonment.

Among the first to feel the impact of climate change will be coastal communities, which will have to put in place policies to deal with rising seas, more intense storms, and more frequent floods. Otherwise, a lot of homes, businesses and infrastructure will be damaged or destroyed, and people will die. Just ask the folks in New Orleans gearing up for another hurricane season.    But if you live in North Carolina...

Among the first to feel the impact of climate change will be coastal communities, which will have to put in place policies to deal with rising seas, more intense storms, and more frequent floods. Otherwise, a lot of homes, businesses and infrastructure will be damaged or destroyed, and people will die. Just ask the folks in New Orleans gearing up for another hurricane season. But if you live in North Carolina...

Hurricane Floyd

Hurricane Floyd

Honduras. Just as stressed-out Honduras appeared to stabilize, Hurricane Mitch ravished the country in 1998, leaving over 11,000 people dead and all but destroying major cities such as San Pedro Sula and even Tegucigalpa. Recovery costs have now exceeded 4 billion US dollars.

Honduras. Just as stressed-out Honduras appeared to stabilize, Hurricane Mitch ravished the country in 1998, leaving over 11,000 people dead and all but destroying major cities such as San Pedro Sula and even Tegucigalpa. Recovery costs have now exceeded 4 billion US dollars.

As mentioned in my story Flamingos, yes, this really happened.They really did stuff all the poor little Flamingos in the men’s bathroom at the zoo to keep them from getting swept away by hurricane Andrew.

As mentioned in my story Flamingos, yes, this really happened.They really did stuff all the poor little Flamingos in the men’s bathroom at the zoo to keep them from getting swept away by hurricane Andrew.

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