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After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea

 

September 14, 2018



NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Barnett spent his week boarding up the windows of million-dollar homes perched precariously at the northern tip of Topsail Island, a narrow spit of North Carolina ringed with sandbags to offer some armor against the pounding surf.

A local handyman, he knew some of those houses might not be there next week.

"When Fran came, it tore all these houses apart," Barnett said, referring to the 1996 hurricane that ravaged the area. "I think Florence is going to take all of them out."

But even if they manage to survive the storm, these teetering structures a...



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