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Editorial: Dorian's impact on Cape Lookout NS points to a hard truth: retreat from barrier islands

Along the increasingly crowded Eastern Seaboard, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a place apart — 56 miles of wide and mostly pristine beaches on barrier islands stretching from Cape Hatteras to Beaufort, N.C. No paved roads or resorts intrude. You can stand on the beach and have a sense of what it must have been like there centuries ago.

Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, I fear the Cape Lookout seashore offers a portent. As the warming climate makes for more intense ocean storms and rising seas, it gives us a glimpse of what’s ahead for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

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