Storm surge is water from the ocean that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around a hurricane. Storm surge is fast and can produce extreme coastal and inland flooding. When hurricanes cause storm surge, over 20 feet of water can be produced and pushed toward the shore and several miles inland destroying property and endangering lives in its path.
- Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related death in the United States.
- Water weighs about 1,700 pounds per cubic yard, so battering waves from surge can easily demolish buildings and cause massive destruction along the coast.
- Storm surge undermines roads and foundations when it erodes material out from underneath them.
- Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. Homeowners and renter’s insurance do not typically cover flood damage
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