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Hurricane Center to issue storm surge maps this year

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on January 31, 2014

Hurricane Center to issue storm surge maps this yearAs promised, the National Hurricane Center will start using an experimental potential storm surge flooding map this season. Surge, not rain-driven flooding or high winds, often is the biggest killer in a hurricane. The problem’s far more severe in the Miami area, where Hurricane Andrew deposited sailboats in trees and freighters on top of flood gates, and especially in southwest Florida, where the sloping landscape provides the potential for standing water dozens of miles inland.
 It’s not as dramatic a factor in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, because the ocean floor drops off precipitously just off the coast and the deep water absorbs much of the energy of a storm surge. The region also benefits from several ridges. But the damage is less, not zero.
 A June study said three Palm Beach County  remain in the top 10 in South Florida in terms of potential storm surge loss because of the combination of surge and high property values. Scientists have said even in a minimal storm, water would cover most or all of barrier islands and the mainland right along the Intracoastal Waterway, and in a Category 5 storm, the ocean could rise up to 10 feet above normal in coastal Palm Beach County and up to 15 feet on the Treasure Coast. Hurricane Center director Rick Knabb said at last year’s Florida Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale that his operation would begin displaying experimental graphics showing potential storm surge and start implementing storm surge watches and warnings as early as 2015.
 Watches would have their own point A and point B, independent of whatever evacuation borders counties have set. The hurricane center said Friday in a release that the maps issued this year will show where storm surge could occur and how high above ground the water could reach in those areas.

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