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Storm surge and waves from Hurricane Michael batter beachfront homes on October 10, 2018 in the Florida Panhandle community of Shell Point Beach.

Hurricane Michael is bringing a wall of water up to 14 feet high — here’s what a storm surge is and why it forms

A major threat posed by Hurricane Michael is flooding associated with the storm surge. A storm surge is when hurricanes or tropical storms push the water level way above the high tide line, flooding coastal communities.

As Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters recede, some North Carolina rivers could rise another foot, and the full moon isn’t helping

Hurricane Florence floodwaters may be receding, but it's causing rivers to rise in some areas of southeastern North Carolina. The Cape Fear River is expected to reach record levels on Monday — and may get even higher on Monday night, thanks to the full moon. Here's what you need to know.
Fields and farmed were covered by water.

Before-and-after satellite photos show the staggering amount of water Hurricane Florence dumped on North Carolina

Hurricane Florence churned into North Carolina on September 14, bringing storm surge, flooding, and intense rainfall. Here's what the hardest hit areas looked like before and after the storm.
Hydraulic jack-up systems anchor the home during a storm.

Floating homes that can withstand Category 4 hurricanes will soon become a reality

While the idea of a hurricane-proof home may sound far-fetched, a housing startup called Arkup has created a residence that can withstand rising sea levels and Category 4 hurricanes.
An official looks out a Blackhawk Helicopter at homes surrounded by flood waters due to Hurricane Florence on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week.

17 photos show Hurricane Florence’s devastating flooding from the sky

Since Hurricane Florence's retreat, officials and news organizations have used aircraft to capture images to monitor the storm's damage. Take a look at the water that officials say is still rising.

Officials rescued 455 people from this small North Carolina town after Florence’s floodwaters stranded people in their homes

Residents were rescued from the coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina after massive flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence stranded hundreds. Officials said operations were functional because the storm had weakened, but warned rising flood waters meant the threat isn't over.

Photos show the destruction from flooding in the Indian state of Kerala which has killed at least 350 people

Torrential rains have led to mass flooding in the Indian state of Kerala, killing at least 350 people and displacing more than 800,000 residents. On Sunday, heavy rains subsided leaving rescuers limited time to deliver urgent aid and extract people still trapped in their homes.
An aerial view of CU Park in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok is sinking, so it built a park that holds a million gallons of rainwater to help prevent flooding

Bangkok is sinking at a rate of more than one centimeter a year and could be below sea level by 2030. To help prevent future flooding in the city, a local university built an 11-acre park that can hold up to a million gallons of rainwater.
A woman wades through a flooded train station in Uppsala, Sweden.

A Swedish city’s train station flooded, and some residents turned it into a swimming pool

Heavy downpour caused parts of central Uppsala, Sweden, to experience extreme flooding. But in a flooded train station, some residents seem to be doing just fine with inflatables.
A woman and her 9-month-old daughter sit in wreckage from the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

9 natural disasters that took the lives of hundreds of thousands

Cyclones, hurricanes, and earthquakes have been some of the world's most deadly disasters, resulting in the deaths of millions of people. These are just a few of the natural disasters that have decimated the world's population today.