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Sandy-like storms could occur in NYC every 20 years by the year 2100: New Study

Was Sandy just the beginning of New York City's 21st-century hurricane threat?
Sandy leaves a path of destruction. File photo

With the fourth anniversary ofHurricane Sandyapproaching, many New Yorkers are still reeling from its devastation; in fact, the city recently allocatedanother $500 millionin taxpayer money for repairs due to stormdamage. And though this seems grim, a newstudyfrom a group of researchers atPrinceton and Rutgers universities and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutionis even more troubling. Based on a storm-related computer simulation of flooding, “Hurricane Sandy’s Flood Frequency Increasing From Year 1800 to 2100” predicts that in a worse-case scenario, by the year 2100, such powerful storms will occur every 20 years, an increase of 17 times the current state, reportsPhys.org.

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