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Storm Surge is a rise in sea level that occurs during tropical storms or hurricanes. Storms produce strong winds that push the water on to shore, which can lead to flooding along the coast. Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property in a significant weather event, and it doesn't always occur at the same time or location as the storm's hazardous winds.

Since 2017, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued Storm Surge Watches and Warnings to highlight areas along the coast that have a significant risk of a storm surge if a tropical storm threatens. The NHC issues a color-coded flood prediction map of the affected area, clearly showing the risk of areas with life-threatening storm surge. Residents, businesses and visitors should monitor local media outlets for important instructions from local emergency management officials regarding evacuation requirements for storm surge. If you are in an evacuation zone, it is important to follow their directives and evacuate as soon as possible. Because Broward County is in a coastal area, evacuation routes themselves are also vulnerable to hurricanes and flooding. More About Storm Surge…

Storm Surge Watch

A Storm Surge Watch means there is the possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours, in association with an ongoing or potential tropical cyclone, a subtropical cyclone or a post-tropical cyclone. The watch may be issued earlier when other conditions, such as the onset of tropical storm-force winds, are expected to limit the time available to take protective actions (e.g. evacuations). The watch may also be issued for locations not expected to receive life-threatening inundation, but which could potentially be isolated by inundation in adjacent areas.

Storm Surge Warning

A Storm Surge Warning means there is the danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours, in association with an ongoing or potential tropical cyclone, a subtropical cyclone, or a post-tropical cyclone. The warning may be issued earlier when other conditions, such as the onset of tropical storm-force winds, are expected to limit the time available to take protective actions (e.g. evacuations). The warning may also be issued for locations not expected to receive life-threatening inundation, but which could potentially be isolated by inundation in adjacent areas.

Local officials usually request residents living on barrier islands and vulnerable coastal areas to evacuate in advance of a hurricane. Review information provided in the A-Z Planner for additional emergency preparation tips.

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