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Why Storm Surge Is Deadly

Storm surge is the most deadly part of a hurricane in many cases. But why? Let’s dive into the science to learn more.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Storm surge is the most deadly part of a hurricane in many cases. But why? Let’s dive into the science to learn more.

To refresh your knowledge – storm surge is quite literally a surge of water being pushed ashore by the force of a storm’s wind. In many cases, storm surge is more dangerous because of the power of the moving water and the coastal flooding potential it brings. 1 to 3 feet of water can knock you off your feet & stall your car. Above 3 feet, that water can actually carry your car away. If you’re still home when the water gets up to 6 feet, you and your family would have to seek higher ground – like a 2nd story or roof. A 12 foot surge would fill the entire first floor of most homes…and potentially knock your home off of its foundation. So, it’s important to listen for – and to understand those storm surge warnings – so you can react early and quickly to keep you and your family safe.