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The Peak of Hurricane Season is September 10: Dr. Philippe Tissot Warns ‘Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Yet’

September 10, 2013

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Tuesday, Sept. 10th, marks the peak of hurricane season (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo/images/peakofseason.gif). While we have not had a storm impact the coast of Texas in a significant way so far this hurricane season, many storms impacting Texas shores take place in September and October; therefore, it is important to stay vigilant and make sure you have a plan in case there is a storm. The Atlantic hurricane season will end on November 30.

Dr. Philippe Tissot, Associate Professor in the College of Science and Engineering and Associate Director of the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, gave an interview on Monday, Sept. 9, warning the public “don’t let your guard down just yet.”

The last major hurricane to hit the Texas Coast was Hurricane Ike in September 2008. The category two hurricane produced 110 mph winds with storm surges of up to 14 feet in the Galveston and Port Arthur areas. The storm caused more than $19 billion in damages. In 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall late September in Texas as a category 3 hurricane.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi manages 37 tide stations along the Texas coast, including the 31 stations of the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (TCOON). Since 1989, the CBI has provided real-time oceanic and meteorological information essential during hurricane season but also for navigation, emergency management in general, coastal engineering, modeling of coastal processes, and other uses all along the Texas coast.

The CBI also uses historical data to model the future impact of relative sea-level rise. In Texas, sea levels are rising at different rates along the coast due to both land subsidence, particularly in the northern part of the state, and global sea level rise.

As the century progresses, low-lying coastlines will become more frequently inundated.  While the impact of large, but fortunately infrequent, major hurricanes is very important, research shows that the frequency of inundation (flooding) events due to small or distant storms will increase much quicker and that such events must be taken into account to build a resilient coastal community.

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