How to Stay Safe During a Storm Surge

Hurricanes can be devastating, but they are more powerful at different stages, and often cause the most destruction during their storm surges. During Hurricane Katrina, the storm surge was responsible for calming at least 1,500 lives. Storm surge occurs when a storm generates an abnormal rise in the water level which is over the tides. This can lead to extreme floods in coastal areas and result in tides of up to 20 feet or more.


These storm surges move with the forward speed of the hurricane which is typically 10 to 15 miles per hour. Just a one-foot deep storm can sweep a car off the road, and a six-inch storm surge can be quite difficult to stand in. Floating debris usually accompanies the surge, making it even more dangerous.

Staying Safe During a Surge

Pay close attention to the weather report and have a TV or radio on to make sure you receive evacuation orders as soon as they are issued. Be proactive and get out sooner rather than later to be safe. The storm surge can actually rise about a day before the storm hits and flood roadways, so leaving as soon as possible is a good idea.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many tips or tricks to staying safe during a storm surge; the best way to protect yourself is by getting away from the surge as quickly as possible. Don’t stay behind and hope for the best, and don’t wait too long. Storm surge can sneak up unexpectedly, so it’s best to stay on top of the news in the days leading up to a hurricane.

Alufab USA can help protect your home from the damage often caused by hurricanes and their storm surges. Give us a call at 239-226-4872 to learn more.