Using forecasts to protect Federal facilities in the path of Hurricane Isabel

Govoni, J. J. and Kern, F. G. (2005) Using forecasts to protect Federal facilities in the path of Hurricane Isabel. In: Sellner, K. G. (ed.) Hurricane Isabel in Perspective. Edgewater,MD, Chesapeake Research Consortium, pp. 255-258.

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Hurricane Isabel made landfall as a Category 2 Hurricane on 18 September 2003, on the North Carolina Outer Banks between Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras, then coursed northwestward through Pamlico Sound and west of Chesapeake Bay where it downgraded to a tropical storm. Wind damage on the west and southwest shores of Pamlico Sound and the western shore of Chesapeake Bay was moderate, but major damage resulted from the storm tide. The NOAA, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research at Beaufort, North Carolina and the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomedical Research Branch at Oxford, Maryland have hurricane preparedness plans in place. These plans call for tropical storms and hurricanes to be tracked carefully through NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) watches, warnings, and advisories. When a hurricane watch changes to a hurricane warning for the areas of Beaufort or Oxford, documented hurricane preparation plans are activated. Isabel exacted some wind damage at both Beaufort and Oxford. Storm tide caused damage at Oxford, where area-wide flooding isolated the laboratory for many hours. Storm tide also caused damage at Beaufort. Because of their geographic locations on or near the open ocean (Beaufort) or on or near large estuaries (Beaufort and Oxford), storm tide poses a major threat to these NOAA facilities and the safety of federal employees. Damage from storm surge and windblown water depends on the track and intensity of a storm. One tool used to predict storm surge is the Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model of the NWS, which provides valuable surge forecasts that aid in hurricane preparation.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Using forecasts to protect Federal facilities in the path of Hurricane Isabel
Personal Creator/Author:
Govoni, J.
Kern, F. G.
Title of Book: Hurricane Isabel in Perspective
Sellner, K. G.
Page Range: pp. 255-258
Date: 2005
Publisher: Chesapeake Research Consortium
Place of Publication: Edgewater,MD
Subjects: Atmospheric Sciences
Item ID: 2103
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 19 May 2009 16:35
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:40

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