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 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.