FORT MYERS, Fla. - Most of Southwest Florida's population lives less than 10-feet above sea level, which makes us vulnerable to storm surge. Storm surge is one of three major dangers of a tropical system.
Caused by wind forcing water onshore, storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property for residents living along the coast.
The worst threat of storm surge is found in the front right quadrant of a storm.
Wind circulates counter-clockwise around the eye of a storm, meaning the wind in the front right quadrant comes from the south, forcing water onshore. Water moving at just five miles-per-hour has the same power as an EF2 tornado.
That's why if you live in an evacuation zone and your zone is asked to leave, you are vulnerable to storm surge and should heed that warning.