Deadliest Hurricane Dangers

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, September 21, 2017

When hurricanes form and head for land they bring storm surge, flooding rain, high winds, rip currents and tornadoes.

The deadliest aspect is storm surge.

Storm surge is a coastal flood of rising water commonly associated with tropical cyclones.

The severity of which is affected by the shallowness and orientation of the water body relative to storm path, as well as the timing of tides.

The deadliest storm surge on record was the 1970 Bhola cyclone, which killed up to 500,000 people in the area of the Bay of Bengal.

Most casualties during tropical cyclones occur as the result of storm surges. It is a measure of the rise of water beyond what would be expected by the normal movement related to tides.

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