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Available Expert - Hurricane Florence poses risk of major flooding, says coastal engineer

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Queen’s University professor Ryan Mulligan is available to discuss how ocean waves generated by Hurricane Florence – currently a Category 4 storm approaching the United States’ eastern seaboard – could put people and property at risk.

“Hurricane Florence has turned into a major hurricane and is expected to strengthen before it hits parts of the US southeast coast in North and South Carolina later this week,” says Dr. Mulligan. “A very dangerous situation is brewing as this low-lying and sandy coast, popular with Canadian tourists, could experience major flooding, erosion, and other damage during this storm.”

Dr. Mulligan is a coastal engineer and oceanographer with interests in the physical forces that cause changes to coastal regions and the ways in which coastal regions respond. He focuses particularly on surface waves, ocean currents, the transport of sediments and contaminants, and geomorphology of coastlines and seabeds.

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