350 Storm Tide Sensors Will Track Coastal Storm Surge

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technician Laura Lapolice installs a storm tide sensor, which will track the timing and extent of coastal storm surge from Hurricane Dorian, on the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier in Carolina Beach, NC on Tuesday, September 3rd.

USGS field crews have quickly installed more than 350 sensors along the hurricane’s forecast track on shorelines from Florida through the Carolinas. Housed in vented steel pipes, the sensors collect water pressure readings that help define the depth, timing and duration of a hurricane’s storm tide.

They are designed to be rapidly installed along a storm’s expected coastal track, on bridges, piers, and other structures that have a good chance of surviving the hurricane.

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