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PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (AL LA MS) Hurricane Isaac Storm-Tide Surge

Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 09:24:48 EDT

Summary: USGS deploys sensors to monitor storm-tide from Hurricane Isaac.

Storm-tide surge is projected to impact the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama with as much as 15 feet of storm-tide surge in isolated locations. Over the past 24 hours, USGS has deployed 93 storm-tide sensors with another 20 to 30 sensors planned for deployment today before the noon pull-back time. Of the sensors deployed to this point, 12 of those have real-time capability that will allow viewing of the storm-tide surge as Hurricane Isaac approaches and makes landfall. Determination of the magnitude and timing of the storm-tide surge is important for emergency management, disaster recovery, and scientific understanding and modeling of future hurricane storm-tide surge. USGS has 14 field personnel and approximately 20 office personnel involved in the deployment of the storm-surge sensors. USGS also has issued forecasts of areas of severe beach/shore erosion.
The USGS data and science efforts related to Hurricane Isaac can be found at: http://water.usgs.gov/floods/events/2012/isaac/index.php including links to an interactive mapper that allows a user to see the location of deployed storm-tide sensors, including links to the real-time storm-tide data.

Sub-Region: South Atlantic, Central South; Region: Eastern United States, Central United States

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