Worst-case scenario

A powerful hurricane making landfall around Virginia Beach would push loads of water into the Chesapeake Bay, causing a massive storm surge up the Potomac. Here is what a 16-foot rise in water level might look like, according to a 2011 study led by a University of Maryland professor. Read related article.

A powerful hurricane could inundate several areas of downtown with storm surge, according to a 2011 study.
Source:Bilal Ayyub, University of Maryland professor of civil and environmental engineering; Risk Analysis journal. The Washington Post. Published on November 3, 2012, 7:40 p.m.
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