After flooding caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Florence, experts fear this year’s hurricane season could have the same catastrophic consequences in Florida.
During this year’s Governor’s Hurricane Conference, Ken Graham, National Hurricane Center Director, pointed out the statistics surrounding the dangers of flooding caused by hurricanes. He also spoke about how these are influenced by factors such as rate of rainfall, topology, high tides, etc. Graham also mentioned that 96% of water-related deaths were caused by inland flooding.
However, Al Sandrik, NWS warning coordination meteorologist in Jacksonville, said, “despite technological advances, forecasters remain many years from developing a “total water” river forecast.” He also emphasized that Florida’s constant changing and active residential and commercial development is one of the major flooding factors because it makes it difficult for experts to keep track of flooding areas.