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Staten Island seawall: Designing for climate change
By 2025, New York's Staten Island will be fortified by a towering seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off a growing threat.

The climate crisis is predicted to create more powerful and extreme weather systems all over the world, and coastal engineers are racing to respond with structures to reduce their impact.

The first seawalls were built centuries ago, though there are now, arguably, greater assets to protect and more people living along vulnerable coastlines than ever before.

A recent report by the Center for Climate Integrity estimated it could cost the US more than $400 billion over the next 20 years to protect coastal communities.

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Hurricane Dorian threatens the US after devastating the Bahamas
Communication out of Great Abaco Island and the Bahamas remains limited after Hurricane Dorian unleashed havoc in the Atlantic.

Flooded structures and downed power lines have made communications a logistical challenge. Dorian lingered over the islands for days, leaving catastrophic damage in the form of 30 inches of rain in some parts.

CNN's Patrick Oppmann experienced these challenges first hand during a visit to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where he saw the lengths ordinary citizens had gone for their neighbors and loved ones in need.

Weather conditions in the Bahamas have improved dramatically today. However, outer bands will continue to track across the islands giving the chance for sporadic rain throughout the day, according to CNN meteorologist Judson Jones.

 Dorian Now a Hurricane Moving Through the U.S. Virgin Islands; Hurricane Threat Grows For Southeast U.S.

Dorian is now a hurricane as it pushes through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the first storm there since 2017's Hurricane Maria, and is an increasing danger to the Southeast U.S., including Florida, over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Dorian's center is now moving over St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands with wind gusts over 90 mph.

An elevated station just south of St. Thomas recently reported a sustained wind of 82 mph and a gust of 111 mph.
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Will Dorian hit Florida? The path is uncertain but officials say to get ready

Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane as it heads toward the southeastern US over the Labor Day weekend.

After hitting Puerto Rico, the storm is forecast by Friday morning to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane as it tracks to the east of Turks and Caicos, then to continue to build through Sunday morning before possibly making landfall late Sunday or Monday along the east coast of Florida or points north, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

Though it's too early to know precisely when and where the storm might affect the US mainland, Florida's governor on Tuesday said it's time for his state to being prepping.

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