Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (FL) USGS Hurricane Michael response

Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 09:21:14 EDT

Summary: USGS staff respond to Hurricane Michael Storm Surge

Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle near Panama City on October 10 as a major hurricane. Rainfall from USGS rain-gages recorded 3-7 inches of rainfall in the affected path of hurricane Michael. 1 stream-gage is in moderate flood and 5 are at action stage. It is expected that some of the larger rivers in the area will peak within about a week.

USGS staff from Tallahassee have all been accounted for but the office remains closed today. Field operations will begin in the Panhandle tomorrow. USGS staff from the Orlando Water Data office have sent 3 crews (6 hydrograpahers) to begin recovery of storm tide sensors in the Big Bend of Florida along the Gulf coast from Cedar Key to St. Marks, Florida. These tidal sensors can be used to supplement the existing long term USGS stream-gage network in the affected area.

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