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.