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...
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.
1999 September 17–18 Hurricane Floyd – After paralleling much of the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Floyd moves into Connecticut, and tracks northward through Maine. Floyd causes large power outages and flood damage across the region, with over five inches (130 mm) of rain falling over most of the area.
Hurricane Floyd - 1999 (NOAA) Was in Charleston had to evacuate. Last car to Columbia took 5 hours to drive 100 miles. Just in time for flight. Took last rental car from airport. Others who started out later took 13 hours to get to Columbia. Were expecting Category 5 to hit Charleston. Glad they were wrong.