Coastal Storms

Coastal storms such as hurricanes and nor’easters bring flooding, storm surge, and the potential for severe damage. Communities that plan and prepare before a storm strikes are more resilient. These Digital Coast resources can help.

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Coastal Lidar

Compare pre- and post-storm lidar surveys, which can be used to account for elevation changes occurring as a result of beach erosion, overwash, and island breaching that can occur during large storm events.

Land Cover Data

Coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands are important for storm protection. Use these data to find your community’s natural protection and see how it’s changed over time.

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Organize relevant coastal hazards data and information related to extreme storms, shoreline change, and sea level rise that can aid in decision-making.

Coastal County Snapshots

View complex flood, wetland, and economic data in easy-to-understand, visual formats to engage and educate stakeholders on potential coastal storm issues.

Historical Hurricane Tracks

Use the query function to display past hurricane and tropical storm tracks and information, along with county-level demographic data.

Sea Level Rise Viewer

See which areas prone to frequent flooding and the potential reach of various sea level rise scenarios.

Storm Surge Inundation Web Map

View the worst-case scenario for storm surge flooding using the Weather Service’s SLOSH model for different hurricane wind categories at high tide. Note: category 5 data do not exist north of North Carolina.

Using Flood Exposure Maps

Create local maps using the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper and learn how to use these maps to engage stakeholders.

Coastal Inundation Toolkit

Understand, identify, visualize, and communicate storm surge and other inundation risks using products within this toolkit.