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Effects of a Storm Surge

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Effects of a Storm Surge Blue Wave, storm surge effects listed

The greatest threat to life and property from a Hurricane is a Storm Surge.  When a storm surge and an astronomical tide combine it creates a storm tide.  The wind circulates around the eye of the storm and blows on the ocean surface creating a vertical circulation.  When the hurricane reaches shallower waters near the coast, the vertical circulation in the ocean becomes disrupted by the ocean bottom.  The disruption causes the water to have no where to go but up and inland. 

The best way to prepare for a storm surge is to evacuate.  Prepare your home by shutting off the gas and the electrical main switch.  Make sure any basement windows are closed and doors boarded up.  Outdoor furniture and yard objects should be secured or brought inside.

A storm surge can cause damage to anything in its path.  Flooding, property damage, and highway erosion can occur from the high winds and extreme rise in water levels.  Storm surge remains in the highest category for loss of life in a hurricane. 

When returning home from flooding and property damage there are precautions that should be taken.  Do not wade in any flood water due to debris, chemicals, dangerous pathogens, and possible downed power lines that can charge the water.  It is important to wear protective clothing during cleanup and work in pairs.  Stay in touch with your neighbors and pay attention to local alerts and road closings. 

During catastrophic storms, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can respond quickly with additional resources.  We are a company that you can trust to rise to any occasion.  Fast response from our professionals lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. Let your local SERVPRO Franchise handle your disaster SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

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