Thursday, September 24, 2009

Maximum sea level


Several people have inquired about houses built on stilts in Cedar Key. As noted, quite often the most severe damage suffered during a hurricane is not from wind but from storm surge.

Water surging ashore can reach quite high levels. Thus, on the beach at Cedar Key, just in front of the condos shown in yesterday's post, is a pole showing maximum sea levels. Note, at the present time it tops out at 12 feet. If a storm surge approaches 12 feet, everything under 12 feet is likely to be washed away or severely damaged.

In many coastal communities, structures are now required to be built on stilts to allow from a maximum storm surge to flow under and through the building.

This photo and yesterday's photo were taken by Lois Anne using a Nikon D40.

9 comments:

nopham said...

"Storm surge"....sounds familiar....We live on a small island in St. Pete and we don't want to hear about "storm surge"...Good shot!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

excellent post for today. great composition

Don and Krise said...

With the sudden changes in weather you seem to get there I'm not surprised this is necessary. Twelve feet of water coming at you is probably a pretty scary sight.
P.S. Nice work with the D40 Lois Anne. We absolutely love ours.

Cezar and Léia said...

So interesting and informative!
Thanks for sharing!
Léia

brattcat said...

Just looking at the pole and imagining the water coming to shore at that height gives me a serious case of the willies.

cieldequimper said...

Wow that's impressive.

bfarr said...

No storm surge here, but very interesting information.

JM said...

This is amazing! Great shot too.

amatamari© said...

This is really impressive!