Storm surge inundation maps issued for Palm Beach County

The National Hurricane Center has issued storm surge inundation maps for Palm Beach County that show how far inland water could reach and to what height.

The maps are new this year and were first issued during Hurricane Hermine on the Gulf Coast.

No where in Palm Beach County is expected to see more than 3 feet of storm surge during the worse case scenario with Matthew, and the probability of that kind of surge is between five and 10 percent in most areas. Jupiter has a higher probability of 20 to 30 percent in isolated areas.

Check The Palm Beach Post’s storm tracking map. 

Pablo Santos, the meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Miami, said storm surge is not as big of a problem on the east coast as it is on the gently sloping Gulf Coast.

“The main concern on this coast is waves and that is one hazard you can bet on this week,” Santos said. “Huge waves, significant beach erosion, a high risk of rip currents and some coastal flooding are possible.” capture

 

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