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Storm surges are the most damaging of all tropical storm dynamics. What causes them and why they are such threats are explained in this article, particularly with the examples of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina.
As floodwaters rose in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park, surged down Long Island’s Montauk Highway, and turned Atlantic City, New Jersey into a saltwater lake, Hurricane Sandy appeared to be a preview of the apocalypse. But for a historic, record-breaking storm, Sandy’s toll of death and human loss has thankfully been modest. To be sure, any…