Starting this summer, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center will issue maps showing potential areas for storm driven seawater to charge inland, flooding streets, knocking down buildings and possibly bringing death. The new online maps will appear on the center's website: www.nhc.noaa.gov
Storm surge is the seawater pushed by a hurricane against a coastline, providing a liquid runway for battering waves to demolish structures and completely destroy communities in worst case scenarios. Predicting the storm surge is complex and depends on a storm's intensity, speed, size, angle of approach to the coast and coastal characteristics of the land and sea floor depth.
The new maps are meant to be a visual showing of where to expect a tropical storm's greatest threat to people and property. The National Hurricane Center plans to begin issuing warnings in 2015, indicating where sea water from storm surge could cause death and destruction.
To read more about this new warning program, read the complete article from the Orlando Sentinel: www.sun-sentinel.com/os-hurricane-conference-storm-surge-20140414,0,2710090.story and visit www.nhc.noaa.gov
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