Animated Graphic showing possible Flooding from Storm Surge on
East Coast of Florida from Dayton To Stuart
This graphic is composed of 5 graphics that have been joined to show water level at 2, 4, 6, 8 meters.
The original graphics from which this animation was created are 4.8 times as wide and 4.8 times as high.
It is possible to include overlays showing major roadways, railroads and other infrastructure.
The original images are one degree wide by one degree high. In joining these images we have created an image 2 degrees high by 4 degrees wide.
The primary value of the images is educational.
Storm surges tend to be higher at the head of Bays due to the effect of water being funneled into Bays, and the effect of wind on the water.
These images were created for Hurricane Floyd in less than a day, when it became apparent that the hurricane might make landing in central Florida.
It was possible that the storm surge from Hurricane Floyd could have reached as high as 20 feet. The hurricane's storm surge, in fact, reached over ten feet, when the hurricane made landfall in North Carolina.
The potential danger of storm surge exists along the entire eastern coast of the United States. The potential danger of storm surge presents a threat of such destructiveness, that it goes far beyond the imagination, of those living in it's potential path.
We believe that people living in or near areas of the coasts need to see what that potential effect can be. We can construct animation's that will display that potential effect.
If we were to do this we would create full scale animation's.
The images are created by using Digital Elevation Models created by the USGS. We simply color in the areas below certain elevations. While we down play the use of these images as planning tools they do demonstrate real potential affects of storm surge, in a manner that is simple to see and easy / cheap to produce.