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Storm Surge: What is it?

October 10, 2018 12:00 PM

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Tamika Cody

As Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida Panhandle and big bend area, so will a storm surge.

Forecasters predict storm surges to a reach between 8 to 12-foot.

In its 10AM update, the NWS National Hurricane Center said there are storm surge warnings in effect for Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida to the Anclote River. And a storm surge watch is in effect from Anclote River all the way over to Anna Maria Island, including Tampa Bay.

What exactly is a storm surge? Storm surges depend on the strength, speed, direction, and shape of a storm.

The Dynamics of a Storm Surge

The National Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration describe storm surge as an " abnormal rise of water generated by a storm ." The water usually rises above the " predicted astronomical tides. "

Winds from Hurricane Michael is expected to push water toward the shore causing the sea level to rise along the coast of Ceder Key, Panama City, and Pensacola, Fla.

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