While the National Hurricane Center public advisory statements provide tropical cyclone related impacts on a regional scale, the local WFOs coordinate closely with the NHC to provide refined forecast products and warnings on a local level. Two of these products are the Hurricane Local Statement (HLS) and the associated Graphical HLS.
The HLS is a valuable product that can be used as a tool to monitor several different threats (not just surge) and potential impacts to your area. It includes:
Below is an example of the storm surge portion of an Hurricane Local Statement:
Visit your local National Weather Service office website for more information about
local surge impacts under the Hurricane Local Statements (HLS)
The State emergency management offices work closely with the NHC in assessing evacuations with respect to coastal storm surge vulnerability. The NHC updates SLOSH basins creating the MOMs and MEOWs which are ultimately used by EMs to drive the nation's evaculation zones.
Visit your State EM office website for more information about local surge