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Residents and visitors along North Carolina’s Outer Banks are still dealing with lingering effects from the storm system that brought severe storms and snow to parts of the state Monday, Jan. 3.

Mirlo Beach, or the Rodanthe “S Curves,” is just one of seven hot spots that can become overwashed by the ocean or sound during storms and high tides.

Coastal geologists say more hot spots could develop in the future.

In an interview last year, Tony Rodriguez with UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences says a warming climate will cause more problems. He said, “We’ll probably have higher sea levels more frequently or even stronger storms. So, all of that will make the process of overwashing the barriers happen more frequently and probably to a greater extent.”

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