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Report: Higher seas mean extreme floods in NC, SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Rising sea levels will mean extreme floods along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years with billions of dollars in property in danger according to new reports from a nonprofit group of scientists.

Climate Central of Princeton, New Jersey, released an analysis of the danger faced in South Carolina on Monday. A report for North Carolina was released last week with an analysis for Georgia due next week.

The report found that in South Carolina, the coast is likely to see extreme floods of more than four feet above high tide within 40 years. The danger zone includes 54,000 homes and $24 billion in property.

North Carolina has more 2,000 square miles of land and $9 billion in property less than four feet above the high tide line.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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