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Will Atlanta Draw Thousands Of Evacuees From Harvey?

A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. Homeowners suffering from Harvey flood damage are more likely to be on the hook for losses than victims of prior storms, a potentially crushing blow to personal finances and neighborhoods along the Gulf Coast. Experts say far too few homeowners have flood insurance, just two of ten living in Harvey’s path of destruction. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spring, Texas. Homeowners suffering from Harvey flood damage are more likely to be on the hook for losses than victims of prior storms, a potentially crushing blow to personal finances and neighborhoods along the Gulf Coast. Experts say far too few homeowners have flood insurance, just two of ten living in Harvey’s path of destruction. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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UGA Demographer Matt Hauer, speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition”

Twelve years ago, Atlanta became an unexpected home to thousands of people from Louisiana and Mississippi, who’d been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Atlanta city officials now say they’re getting temporary shelters ready, in case some people who’ve lost their homes in tropical storm Harvey head for this region.

But an applied demographer at the University of Georgia says Atlanta had better get ready in any case—because of the effects of climate change on coastal cities, like Houston. Matthew Hauer, who had just published a study back in April, spoke with Denis O’Hayer on “Morning Edition.”