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Talking Tropics: Storm Surge

What's the #1 killer during a hurricane? Storm surge. This deadly force occurs when strong water circulation approaches the coast and has nowhere to go but onto land. Factors that impact storm surge include size and forward speed of storm, angle of storm approach, coastal geography, and wind strength. Storm surge flooding can happen up to 40 miles inland, so if you're told to evacuate your area, take it seriously.