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What is hurricane storm surge, and why can it be so catastrophic?

Storm surge can push water levels well above normal sea level during a hurricane. Image: Unsplash/jim gade

Anthony C. Didlake Jr.

Assistant Professor of Meteorology, Penn State

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How a storm surge and high tide together can cause coastal flooding. Image: The COMET Program/UCAR and National Weather Service
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