Hurricane Irma’s Storm Surge Surprises Jacksonville

Hurricane Irma was the largest hurricane on record, and while it has passed Florida, the storm surge could continue for several days.


It rises feet in minutes and it can be more devastating than the winds or rainfall a hurricane might bring. It’s storm surge, and from Jacksonville to Fort Meyers, Fla., the giant super storm Hurricane Irma is expected to bring it to the Gulf Coast of Florida and Atlantic Coast of Georgia, according to CNN.

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According to NBC News, the city of Jacksonville issued flash flood warnings for areas along the St. Johns River and has record flooding, surpassing the city’s expectations.

Andrea Fox is Editor of and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.