Articles | Volume 21, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1759–1767, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-1759-2021

Special issue: Understanding compound weather and climate events and related...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1759–1767, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-1759-2021

Research article 03 Jun 2021

Research article | 03 Jun 2021

Spatially compounded surge events: an example from hurricanes Matthew and Florence

Scott Curtis et al.

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Storm surge flooding can challenge rescue and recovery operations, especially over large estuaries and populated barrier islands. Understanding the relationship between storm and tidal characteristics and surge timing is important for proper resourcing prior to an event. Here we compare the concurrency of maximum observed surge and areal extent of effective hazard operations for hurricanes Matthew and Florence in eastern North Carolina, USA. Matthew was a more spatially compounded surge event.
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