Weather News: Storm Surge Warnings for Florida due to Isaac



Florida rip current (credit: Dennis Decker)

Florida rip current (credit: Dennis Decker)

Florida News: Peak Storm Surges could rise as high as 7 feet

Strong winds, tornadoes and storm surges are all part of tropical storms and during this time you need to be aware of dangerous surf and rip current conditions, especially over the next few days. Areas that are normally dry can be flooded during these conditions and given the strong winds that Isaac is building, there are areas targeted for peak surge depending on the tidal cycle – please heed warnings and follow water safety tips.

Peak Surge Areas in Florida

If the peak surge happens during high tide, water could potentially reach the following depths above ground in these areas:

  • 4 to 7 feet: Crystal River through the Big Bend of Florida
  • 4 to 6 feet: Southwest Florida coast within the hurricane warning area
  • 3 to 5 feet: Florida West Coast from Bonita Beach to south of Crystal River
  • 1 to 3 feet: Southeast Florida coast and the Florida Keys

Where the most dangerous conditions will occur

Flooding related to a storm surge depends on the timing of the tidal cycle. can vary a great deal over a short distance so it’s important to check with the local weather office and gather information that is local to the area you are in.  You’ll find the deepest water along the immediate coast, where dangerous waves accompany the surge.

Dangerous Surf and Rip Currents

Rip currents not only drag swimmers out to a deeper water current but if the current is really strong, it can also pull you off your feet if you’re wading in the water and drag you out to sea. Right now, the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys will have dangerous water conditions so please read our article with rip current safety tips to be safe.

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