- Cole's OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win
- After decades of neighborhood flooding, redesigned creek debuts in Charlotte's Hidden Valley
- Biden warns of 'another tough hurricane season' this year
- Firefighters slow growth of massive New Mexico wildfire
- 'Mere coincidence': Brad Panovich explains why the sky is sometimes green before a tornado
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the North Carolina coast has been plagued with a tide of frogs and toads, but the storm’s record-setting floods aren’t entirely to blame.
State biologist Jeff Hall said that the coast is experiencing a convergence of two types of frog and toad population explosions. The first wave takes the form of tadpoles born during June and July’s abnormally heavy rains, while the second is a boom of “explosively breeding” toads.
Those toads found an ideal habitat in tiny puddle created by Hurricane Florence.
But the flooding has also augmented the interactions between humans and amphibians, as the latter group searches for dry ground.
Hall says coastal residents are likely to find frogs and toads in odd places until floodwaters recede.