I want to start this with the caveat that I don't wish the horrors of flooding and hurricane-force winds on anyone, and I hope the casualties are light with Florence.

But I also find it frustrating that North Carolina is a state that passed laws against policies that anticipate sea level rises.

When North Carolina got bad news about what its coast could look like thanks to climate change, it chose to ignore it.
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In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39in over the next century by passing a law that banned policies based on such forecasts.

I don't really know what to say about this level of obstinate stupidity. I know that many, possibly most, of the people who live in high-risk areas want policies that protect them as much as possible, but why in hell do they keep voting for politicians who insist everyone bury their collective head in the sand?