Report: Rising seas threaten Charleston, Hatteras

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By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists lists Charleston's Historic District and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse as landmarks in the Carolinas threatened by rising sea levels.

The report released Tuesday says two dozen such sites nationwide need to be protected.

The report notes that in Charleston, high tides and summer thunderstorms routinely flood the popular City Market area. It says such nuisance flooding will increase with rising sea levels. If the sea level were to rise 2 feet, the report says, homes south of Colonial Lake would inundated.

The report notes that while the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was moved away from the shore 15 years ago, the rate of sea level rise on the Outer Banks has been two to three times the global average recently.

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