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2014 Hurricane Preparedness Week – Day 2

June 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Storm Surge

 

 

[via Claire Taylor, The Advertiser ]

When a hurricane forms, the National Hurricane Center uses computer models to forecast its potential path and landfall, and assigns it a category number based on the strength of its winds.

Left out of the equation is the potential risk of storm surge flooding, which doesn’t necessarily correlate with the wind speed.

That’s changing this hurricane season. With each storm, the National Hurricane Center will generate interactive maps residents can use to predict how much storm surge flooding their communities might see.

“One of the biggest misnomers was people would try to correlate a Category 4 storm with a certain amount of storm surge,” said James Brinkley, storm surge operations manager with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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