Hurricane Ike in Florida

Ike’s storm surge in Galveston was 10 to 14 feet and would have been about half that if it hit Florida.  Before the 2008 hurricane season storm surge was classified by the category of the storm. The problem was storm surge is dependent upon several factors:

STORM SIZE

STORM SPEED

STORM ANGLE of APPROACH

STORM FETCH

COASTAL DEPTH

The biggest reason Ike would have had a much lower storm surge is because the ocean is very deep in front of the Florida shoreline. The Gulf is very shallow before the shoreline. Because of these factors, the storm surge forecast is now kept separate from the category of the storm.

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