As we work to support Missouri and other states impacted by the tornadoes that devastated the Midwest this weekend, and as disaster response and recovery efforts continue for the recent tornadoes and flooding in many parts of the U.S., we’re also observing National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricane season begins June 1, so now is a great time to get prepared before a hurricane strikes.
Today’s focus is on storm surge, a lesser-known but very dangerous by-product from the power of hurricanes. Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. What makes storm surge so dangerous is that it combines with the tides and creates a rise in the water level that can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides.
Courtesy of NOAA, this diagram shows how a rise in water level can cause extreme flooding in coastal areas, particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide. In some cases storm tides can reach 20 feet or more.
Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website for more information on storm surge, and check out this video from Robber Berg, National Hurricane Center hurricane specialist, talking about storm surge.
For tips on getting prepared for hurricanes, visit www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.
- Purchasing flood insurance is a great way to protect your home or business from the financial damages of flooding. Visit www.FloodSmart.gov for more information.