Tampa Bay prepared for its first significant hurricane in a century.

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.


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