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National Hurricane Preparedness Week Continues

Hurricanes and other tropical cyclones have numerous threats associated with them...including storm surge...high winds...flooding rainfall... tornadoes...rip currents...high surf and beach erosion.

Today we will discuss high winds and tornadoes. Today we will discuss flooding rainfall as well as surf zone impacts such as rip currents...high surf and beach erosion. flooding rainfall... widespread torrential rains...often exceeding 6 inches...often accompany tropical cyclones.

Rainfall amounts depend on the speed and size of the storm as well as local geography. More recently...freshwater flooding from rainfall as accounted for the most deaths from tropical systems.

Tropical Storm Alberto in 1994 drifted over the southeast states and produced more than 21 inches of rain in Americus, Georgia where 33 people drowned.

In 2005... Tropical Storm Tammy produced between 10 and 15 inches of rain and widespread flooding across portions of southeast Georgia.

Rip currents/high surf/beach erosion... tropical cyclones...even those that remain well offshore...can produce high surf which is dangerous to anyone that ventures into the water.

The high surf can cause extensive beach erosion and strong rip currents.

Rip currents are narrow channels of water which flow quickly away from land and can be deadly...especially for inexperienced swimmers.

High surf associated with tropical storm Tammy in 2005 produced extensive beach erosion along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts...and several homes were destroyed at Edisto Beach.

In addition... Hurricane Earl in 2010 caused breaking waves exceeding 10 feet high along the coast even though the storm remained well offshore.

For additional information on hurricanes visit the following web sites... national hurricane center...www.hurricanes.gov

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