Hurricane sandy building damage. Courtesy of NYCEMSubway tunnel flooding. Courtesy of MTABrooklyn Battery Tunnel flooding. Courtesy of NYCEMHurricane radar. Courtesy of NYCEMSouth Ferry Station flooding. Courtesy of MTAHurricane Irene. Courtesy of NYCEMVerrazano Bridge. Courtesy of NYCEM.Debris on the beach. Courtesy of NYCEMWind and rain on Coney Island Boardwalk. Courtesy of NYCEM.


Coastal storms are a reality for New York City. Among cities in the United States, New York City’s extensive, densely populated, highly developed coastline makes it one of the most vulnerable to damage from coastal storms.

Any type of coastal storm — tropical cyclone or nor’easter — can have a major impact upon millions of people in the greater region around New York City and potentially create a ripple effect throughout the country.

In the future, climate change and rising sea levels are likely to worsen the impact of coastal storms in New York City.

Find out more about coastal storms:

Coastal Storms – Bibliography