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New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

16
Apr
2014

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges. We are not a storm surge savvy nation. Yet storm surge is responsible for over half the deaths in hurricanes. So you can see why were motivated to try something new, said Jamie Rhome, storm surge specialist for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

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