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Michael Paper Published

As a follow-on to the StEER FAST, an extensive investigation of storm surge losses in Hurricane Michael was recently published by StEER members and their colleagues: Andrew Kennedy; Andrew Copp; Matthew Florence; Anderson Gradel; Kurtis Gurley; Matt Janssen; James Kaihatu ; Douglas Krafft; Patrick Lynett; Margaret Owensby; Jean-Paul Pinelli; David O. Prevatt; Spencer Rogers; David Roueche; and Zachariah Silver in the Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering. Access the article HERE.


Abstract Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 9, 2018, with measured high water marks (HWMs) reaching 7.2 m NAVD88. The town itself received great damage, with many areas destroyed down to the foundations. In this study, we document the storm and its effects on the greater Mexico Beach area: hazard, structural damage, and their relationships. Wave and surge damage was nearly total for low-lying properties, but damage decreased greatly with increasing elevation. Major wave and surge damage was noted in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) X zones, which are out of the 100-year floodplain, and it is suggested that the 100-year storm is a deficient measure for categorizing flood risk.



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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI 1841667. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of StEER and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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