https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ Transcribed Image Text: Go to the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) webpage at Link 7B-7 and scroll over Educational Resources on the top menu line. A list of several items with life-saving
information appears, such as “NWS Hurricane Safety” which gives information on the hazards, forecasting, and action items for an approaching hurricane. Additionally
under Educational Resources, click on “Storm Surge.” Here is where you will find animations of storm surge and photographs of its damage, often the mostly deadly
aspect of hurricanes. Scroll down to “Notable Surge Events” to see results from the SLOSH computer model for several infamous hurricanes, including the historic
Galveston 1900 storm, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Take a few moments to explore the depth and breadth of information available through these notable
16. The “Surge Vulnerability Facts,” at the bottom of the same Storm Surge Overview page, tells us that a strong hurricane producing a 23-foot storm surge somewhere
along the U.S. Gulf Coast has the ability to flood 57% of arterial roads, almost half of rail miles, 29 airports, and virtually all ports in the area. It would also risk the
of interstate highways. Such input is crucial for emergency planners to order evacuations and prepare for possible destruction. [For reference,
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 produced a 24-28-ft. surge over a 20-mi. stretch of the Mississippi coast.]
For information on Atlantic and Eastern Pacific cyclones, return to the National Hurricane Center’s webpage. On the menu under Archives, track maps and individual
storm reports for previous hurricanes can be found. Another valuable item under Educational Resources is a list of “Frequent Questions.” Tropical cyclones in the mid-
Pacific can be followed from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (Link 7B-8) and those of the western Pacific at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Link 7B-9).
The ability to map past, current, and future meteorological phenomenon such as hurricanes and storm surge allows for a greater visual insight into the way we can
continue to analyze the weather. For more information and up to date storm surge information, follow NHC’s specific twitter account @NHC_Surge on all surge issues.