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Contents:

What is storm surge vs. storm tide?

What impacts storm surge and how are these impacts generalized?

How is storm surge forecast at the National Hurricane Center?

How often are SLOSH basins updated?

What is included in these SLOSH basin updates?

What storm surge products are generated using the SLOSH model?

What are some of the key strengths associated with the SLOSH model?

What are some of the limitations associated with the SLOSH model?

What are vertical datums, and why are they so important?

What is storm surge inundation?

How is storm surge observed and measured?

What are some issues related to storm surge data?

Where can one find storm surge data and storm related products during a tropical event?

Can I obtain the data used to create the storm surge interactive risk maps?

The storm surge interactive risk maps show storm surge risk as a function of categories in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. How is this possible considering the recent removal of storm surge from the Saffir-Simpson Scale?

The storm surge interactive risk maps are different from my local hurricane evacuation zones. Which is correct?

According to the storm surge interactive risk maps, I live along the edge of an area susceptible to inundation. Does this mean my home is safe from the potential impacts from storm surge?