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HURRICANE IRMA INFORMATION PORTAL
Hurricane response crews from the U.S. Geological Survey Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center (CFWSC) are installing storm-tide sensors at key locations along Florida’s east and southwest coastlines in advance of Hurricane Irma. The USGS deployed 82 water level transducers, 28 barometric pressure sensors, 13 wave height sensors, and 5 rapid deployment gages as part of the USGS Storm-Tide Network along the Atlantic coast from Venice, FL to Jacksonville, FL to monitor the timing, extent, and magnitude of the storm tide during the passage of Hurricane Irma.
The storm-tide sensors, housed in vented steel pipes a few inches wide and about a foot long, were installed on bridges, piers, and other structures that are likely to withstand a storm surge during a hurricane. The information they collect will help define the depth and duration of a storm-surge, as well as the time of its arrival and retreat. That information will help public officials assess storm damage, distinguish between wind and flood damage, and improve computer models used to forecast future floods. This data is available from a web application portal at https://stn.wim.usgs.gov/FEV/#IrmaSeptember2017
USGS Flood Event Viewers: Providing Hurricane and Flood Response Data