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Although North Carolina faces all five climate threats assessed, it has relatively low threat levels from drought, wildfire, and inland flooding, and is already taking some key actions to address current risks. Unlike most states, North Carolina has a climate adaptation plan – Climate Ready North Carolina: Building a Resilient Future – that covers most hazards and sectors. Like most states, however, North Carolina has taken very little action to address its future climate risks.

Extreme Heat

Heat wave days in North Carolina are projected to quadruple by 2050. State hazard plans already address heat risks, but the state could do more to prepare for future risks.

Drought

North Carolina has a relatively low summer drought threat and is one of the only states with a statewide climate change adaptation plan that covers all drought-related sectors.

Wildfires

There are only a few days each year with high potential for wildfires and the state already has some plans in place that address its current and projected future wildfire risks.

Inland Flooding

The state is projected to see its inland flooding threat increase by nearly 40 percent through 2050. North Carolina has taken some good steps to understand its vulnerabilities and to plan for climate change-related inland flooding risks, but it has yet to begin to implement any adaptation strategies.

Coastal Flooding

North Carolina has 120,000 people currently at risk of coastal flooding and 45,000 more will be at risk by 2050. Like most states, North Carolina has taken considerable steps to assess its vulnerability to climate change-related coastal flooding and to begin to make plans to address it, but so far the state has not taken any steps to implement adaptations.