August 24, 2017

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Hurricane Effects on Flagler

Hurricanes - The Effects on Flagler County

What would happen if Flagler County was hit by a hurricane? The exact effects are difficult to predict. It would depend on the strength, speed, and the approach angle of the storm. Atlantic land falling hurricanes are the worst case scenario. With any storm approaching from the Atlantic, we may have to deal with the storm surge as well as winds and rain. We are lucky in Flagler County to have a very high dune line. However, we may still experience severe effects of a deadly storm surge.

Depending on the strength of the storm, areas east of I-95 may feel some affects from a storm surge. Coastal areas and canal homes are likely to be the first impacted by the storm surge. In a stronger hurricane, the surge could reach I-95. The exact extent of a surge can not be forecast until the storm is actually threatening the area.

Areas in west Flagler County might also see some surge flooding from the St. Johns River which feeds into Lake Disston. Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Beverly Beach, Marineland, and even parts of St. Johns Park could be inundated by storm surge.

The impact of winds would also be severe, particularly if the center makes landfall just south of Flagler County. All of Flagler County will suffer the full affect of hurricane winds and rain from an Atlantic land falling hurricane. Mobile and manufactured homes are the most vulnerable to hurricane force winds. In stronger hurricanes, every building in the county may suffer some kind of damage. Power, telephone service, utilities, and other services may be disrupted for long periods of time. Roads may also be blocked by trees and other debris.

Hurricanes approaching from the Gulf or South: These storms may not bring storm surge as much as an Atlantic land falling storm, but the affects of winds and rain may still impact the area.

Please heed all warnings and follow the advice of Flagler County Emergency Management when a storm threatens.

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