Hurricane Storm Surge and Tides

Tides: East Coast, Gulf Coast, Caribbean & Bahamas

How Storm Surge Works:

Storm surge. NOAA photo.


“Storm surge is simply water that is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm, along with that pushed by the movement of the storm track. This advancing surge combines with the normal tides to create the hurricane storm tide, which can increase the mean water level 15 feet or more. In addition, wind waves are superimposed on the storm tide. This rise in water level can cause severe flooding in coastal areas, particularly when the storm tide coincides with the normal high tides. Sometimes the surge will pull water out of an area, depending on the direction of the winds.”


      It is important to know when storm surge will arrive and to know when high tide is. If a tropical cyclone arrives at high tide, storm surge can be magnified considerably. The right front quadrant of a hurricane will bring the greatest storm surge as the hurricane comes ashore. For a complete discussion of storm surge, go to this site.

Links to tides on the U.S. East Coast, Gulf Coast and Bahamas.

When you get to the tides pages, do a word search for an area you are looking for. This is most easily down by using “Control F”

For a search of any spot in the world, go to:

The following can be reached from the above main page, but these will help:

All pages that have “America” in their title are for all of the Americas, North and South, and the Caribbean:

A further breakdown of the Americas includes the following sites:

For the U.S. East Coast, including the west coast of the Florida Peninsula, go to:

For the Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle, go to:

For the Bahamas, go to: