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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
603 AM EDT Mon May 8 2017


All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season. Today`s topics
include storm surge and developing an evacuation plan.

Storm Surge...
One of the greatest potentials for loss of life related to a hurricane
is from the storm surge. Storm surge is simply water that is pushed
toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm.
This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the
hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level to heights
impacting roads, homes and other critical infrastructure. In addition,
wind driven waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water
level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the
storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Because much of the
United States` densely populated Atlantic and Gulf Coast coastlines lie
less than 10 feet above mean sea level, the danger from storm tides is

The storm surge combined with wave action can cause extensive damage,
severely erode beaches and coastal highways. With major storms like
Katrina, Camille and Hugo, complete devastation of coastal communities
occurred. Many buildings withstand hurricane force winds until their
foundations, undermined by erosion, are weakened and fail. Storm surge
can travel several miles inland and can also span hundreds of miles of

It is important to keep in mind that storm surge is not a factor in the
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Know that even a tropical storm or
Category 1 hurricane can have a devastating storm surge if the proper
conditions exist. In other words, don`t assume that a tropical storm or
a hurricane on the low end of the Saffir-Simpson Scale will not have a
large or significant storm surge. Be sure to stay informed and pay close
attention to storm surge forecast details regardless of the Saffir-
Simpson Hurricane Scale rating.

Develop an Evacuation Plan...
The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge
hurricane evacuation zone or if you`re in a home that would be unsafe
during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you`d go and how you`d
get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of
miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn`t live
in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as
your evacuation destination. If you don`t live in an evacuation zone,
identify someone who does, and plan to be their inland evacuation
destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do
not permit them. Finally, be sure to put the plan in writing for you
and those you care about.

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit the
following web sites:

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