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Hurricane Hazards

Storm Surge
Sea water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level 15 feet or more.

Inland Flooding
In the last 30 years, inland flooding has been responsible for more than half the deaths associated with tropical cyclones in the United States.

High Winds
Hurricane-force winds can destroy poorly constructed buildings and mobile homes. Debris such as signs, roofing material, and small items left outside become flying missiles in hurricanes.

Tornadoes
Hurricanes can produce tornadoes that add to the storm's destructive power. Tornadoes are most likely to occur in the right-front quadrant of the hurricane.

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