Why Hurricane Laura’s Storm Surge Could Be Unsurvivable

“Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damages from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana. This surge could penetrate up to 40 miles inland from the immediate coastline, and flood waters will not fully recede for several days after the storm” – NHC
This graphic depicts the forecast storm surge inundation values that are provided in the tropical cyclone public advisory (TCP). These values represent the peak height the water could reach above normally dry ground somewhere within the specified areas. NHC


Having strengthened with astonishing speed into a Category 4 storm Wednesday, Hurricane Laura will make landfall in Texas and Louisiana sometime early Thursday morning. With the landfall comes a dreaded storm surge—a rise in water level generated by a storm—that scientists say could spread seawater up to 30 miles inland, an inundation the National Hurricane Center just called unsurvivable…

Read Full Article, Wired (08-26-2020)

Hurricane Laura, NHC (08-26-2020)

Latest Posts + Popular Topics