Professor of marine sciences Mark Luther, who lives in a St. Petersburg, Florida, area that juts into Tampa Bay.
University of South Florida oceanographer and tide gauge manager Luther knows better than most how susceptible this heavily populated area .
Sea level rise and a construction boom have made the danger surrounding Tampa Bay much greater than it was a few decades ago.
"The roadway in front of my home floods at a terrible high tide," said Luther, who lives on the boundary of the low-lying communities of Shore Acres.
As a hurricane approaches Tampa,
If a large storm strikes the area, the resulting sea level increase might inflict catastrophic devastation.
Even though it wasn't a very strong storm, the resulting surge of several feet flooded hundreds of surrounding houses and cost millions to repair.