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Dangers of storm surge

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Storm surge is considered the most deadly element of any tropical system. It can extend upwards of 20-feet and can travel miles inland destroying everything in its path.

Storm surge is the sea level rising due to the wind pushing water on shore. When you combine that with the tide, you get what is called storm tide.

Storm surge can be devastating, knocking down buildings, washing out roads, and even running ships aground. Its strength depends on the size, movement, and intensity of the storm, the shape of the coastline, underwater topography, and the astronomical tide.

In the case of a landfalling hurricane, much of Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties are at risk for storm surge.

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