Hurricane Irene pushed a giant storm surge—essentially a wall of water, out of its way as it marched up the Atlantic Coast, threatening to flood cities from Norfolk, Va., to New York and Boston In many places, forecasters warned, the storm surge could be as destructive as the hurricane itself, flooding low-lying areas before the storm even arrives with its winds and pelting rain.
“The storm surge is to raise water levels over 4 to 8 meters above the ground in the hurricane warning area in North Carolina, Virginia, the northern border of Cape Cod, including including the southern portions of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, “said warning coordination meteorologist Daniel Brown NOAA national Hurricane Center in anticipation of an evening.
“Along the coast Near the increase due to large waves, destructive and deadly,” said Brown, said Brown.
Near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Pamlico Sound water was as much as 13 feet above normal reported, although precise figures are difficult to verify.
“The Causeway Manteo was 5 meters under water when it was too dark to see,” said Scott Summers of local radio stations WCXL. “Water is at chest height on the waterfront in Manteo.”