National Hurricane Center rolls out storm surge maps

National Hurricane Center rolls out storm surge maps

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US: When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out new color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges. National Hurricane Center has partnered with meteorologists around the country to launch this storm surge flooding map.

An example of the new experimental storm surge potential flooding map showing southwest Florida is seen in this handout image provided by NOAA, April 15, 2014.

Above: An example of the new experimental storm surge potential flooding map showing southwest Florida is seen in this handout image provided by NOAA, April 15, 2014.

The new maps, which will be issued 48 hours before landfall and updated every six hours, will enable people to see whether their property is likely to flood. Current evacuation maps only informs if a user lives in an evacuation zone or not. However, the new map will provide specific information about the impact from storm surge one can expect.

Source: Reuters