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National Storm Surge Hazard Maps Updated

         An updated version of the National Storm Surge Hazard Maps is available from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC), the center reported January 20, 2017. The new maps include new storm surge models for south Florida, updated typography data and GIS data files available for download. Version 2 also includes Puerto Rico in its cover area, which runs from Texas to Maine.

         The new maps are accessible through NHC’s Web page at www.hurricanes.gov/nationalsurge. They allow residents living in hurricane-prone coastal areas along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts to visualize and evaluate their own risk to storm surge and enables advanced mapping and geoprocessing functions, NHC states.

         Approximately 22 million people in the United States are vulnerable to storm surge, which is responsible for about half the deaths in the United States due to tropical cyclones, NHC states. Storm surge is not just a beachfront problem, with the risk of storm surge extending several miles from the immediate coastline in some areas. Florida has a particularly large vulnerable population, with about 40 percent of its residents at risk to worst-case storm surge flooding, it adds.

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