FARMERSBURG, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Storm surge is water from the ocean pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the hurricane. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides and can increase the water level by 30-fete or more.
Storm surge combined with waves can cause extensive damage. It can severely erode beaches and coastal highways. The pounding waves can take out boats and buildings. As the surge moves inland, rivers and lakes may be affected, adding to riding flood levels.