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What our storm surge may look like

POSTED: September 7, 2017 12:04 p.m.
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Estimated storm surge if a Category 3 storm comes ashore near Liberty County.

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The accompanying maps show possible storm surge in our area. They were created by the National Hurricane Center to depict vulnerability of people living in coastal areas.

Here’s some of the text on the website where the maps are available (http://noaa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d9ed7904dbec441a9c4dd7b277935fad):

“These maps make it clear that storm surge is not just a beachfront problem, with the risk of storm surge extending many miles inland from the immediate coastline in some areas. If you discover via these maps that you live in an area vulnerable to storm surge, find out today if you live in a hurricane storm surge evacuation zone as prescribed by your local emergency management agency. If you do live in such an evacuation zone, decide today where you will go and how you will get there, if and when you're instructed by your emergency manager to evacuate. If you don't live in one of those evacuation zones, then perhaps you can identify someone you care about who does live in an evacuation zone, and you could plan in advance to be their inland evacuation destination - if you live in a structure that is safe from the wind and outside of flood-prone areas.”

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