NWS Hurricane Preparedness Week: Day 2, Storm Surge
By National Weather Service – Melbourne, Florida // May 25, 2015
ARE YOU READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON?
ABOVE VIDEO: This fast draw video provides an explanation of storm surge. Storm surge is what officials use when determining who to evacuate. Remember, when officials say it is time to evacuate… go! More information about hurricane preparedness can be found here.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – While hurricanes are defined by their wind, storm surge is the deadliest hazard associated with tropical systems.
Many factors go into how high storm surge might be, including how strong a storm is, its speed, size, and the shape of the coast.
The National Weather Service reports all storm surge information in “Inundation”, or how high above ground the water will be.
Remember that even if you don’t live right at the coast, rivers, inlets, and other features may allow surge to travel further inland.
For more information log on to srh.noaa.gov/mlb