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Storm surge is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the united states, however, new technology and better forecasting are helping to re-shape that statistic.
That surge refers to the rise of water generated by a storm’s winds, and it’s typically measured in feet.
It can travel several miles inland from the coast, rivers, and estuaries, putting parts of Southwest Florida at risk.
WINK News Chief Meteorologist Matt Devitt sat down with National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Specialist Cody Fritz to explain why this is so important to areas like Southwest Florida.
WATCH the full interview above.