Storm Tide

Storm tides are a rapid rise in sea level and can cause significant destruction and flooding in coastal lowlands.

What is a Storm Tide?

  • A Storm Tide is a general rise in the sea level from a combination of strong winds around a cyclone’s eye and low barometric pressure.
  • The level of this rise increases as a cyclone approaches shallow coastal waters, and can result in tides of 5m or more above the normal high-tide level.
  • This rapid rise in water can be accompanied by high wave action causing significant destruction and flooding in coastal lowlands.

What to do in a Storm Tide

  • Listen to your radio.
  • Heed all warnings and advice.
  • Refer to any evacuation advices and procedures.

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