Hurricane forecasters add storm surge warnings this year

ORLANDO, Fla. – This hurricane season, the National Weather Service will start issuing storm surge watches and warnings for residents in the path of watery danger along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

“Storm surge — the ocean being pushed onto normally dry ground by the winds of the hurricane — often doesn’t occur at the same places or at the same times as the hurricane-force winds,” Rick Knabb, then-director of the National Hurricane Center, said during last week’s NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour stop at Orlando Executive Airport.

“And the call to action is different. What do you do in the face of storm surge that’s different? You evacuate. Whereas for wind, you shelter out of flood-prone areas in a strong structure,” Knabb said.

“And so, it’s important to…

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