With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season just weeks away, now is the time to start preparing for possible storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. Storm surge from hurricanes is a real threat to those in coastal areas and not just those locations ocean adjacent. Large hurricanes can push seawater farther inland than one might suspect. Now is the time to determine if storm surge from a hurricane could reach your neighborhood so you can prepare for a flood. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a great tool for you to use to determine if storm surge can reach where you live.
National Storm Surge Hazard Maps (Clickable link)
This site can help you determine your vulnerability to storm surge which can give you valuable information of how to prepare in the event of storm surge flooding.
If you find that you live in a storm surge area the next step is to determine if you live in an evacuation zone from your local emergency management agency. Part of your preparation for possible surge is to decide where you will go and how you will get there if your area is evacuated.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mike Morrison