Storm surge: what is it, why is it dangerous?

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Hurricane Florence continues to churn toward the United States.

While the winds often are a big focus, storm surge can be more dangerous.

One of the biggest causes for loss of life and damage in a hurricane or tropical storm making landfall is something called storm surge. 

In fact more than 1,500 people lost their lives either directly or indirectly during Hurricane Katrina because of storm surge.

But what is it?

On the right side of the hurricane, or the front right quadrant, that’s where the strongest winds are.

Those strong winds blow on shore helping to push more and more water onto the land than would normally come on land with normal waves and tide. 

The closer to sea level that roads, homes and businesses are, the more damage storm surge can do and that’s one of the main concerns with Hurricane Florence.

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