Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Irene (2011)

Just last year, Hurricane Irene pounded much of the East Coast with extensive surge and torrential rain. Storm tide levels in the New York City area reached around 8-10 feet, depending on the source, and some people say the water came within a few inches of topping the wall at Battery Park. Therefore, New York City barely dodged a bullet, as the subway system and critical electrical infrastructure could flood if the sea wall is overtopped with storm surge. We can only hope to dodge another bullet with Sandy! Note: The track for this storm is not yet available.

This is the fifth and final historic map of hurricanes that generated storm surge/ storm tide in the NYC area.

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