What's the Big Deal About Storm Surge?
Hurricane categories (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) are predicated on wind speed. If a hurricane is at category 1 or 2, the threat may appear to be minimal but in reality, if predicted Storm Surge is considerable, the devastation can equate to that of a category 5 hurricane.
Storm Surge builds before a hurricane makes landfall. Storm Surge is basically when ocean water is pushed toward the shore because of gale-force winds. This rise in water level, coupled with high tides and already high waves, can create sheets of water from 10 to 30 feet high. Such flooding can cost lives and untold damage to both land and structures.
So don't ignore the information pertaining to Storm Surge. Close up your home or business and get to higher, safer, ground. Should the unfortunate occur and you sustain storm damage, call your local SERVPRO professional for immediate remediation assistance.