Coastal Flood Impact: EXTREME

Life-Threatening Inundation Likely

All neighborhoods, and possibly entire coastal communities, will be inundated during high tide. Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death. Many residences of average construction directly on the coast will be destroyed; widespread, devastating personal property damage is likely elsewhere.

Vehicles left behind will likely be swept away. Numerous roads will be swamped; some may be washed away by the water. Entire flood-prone coastal communities will be cutoff, perhaps for more than a week; water levels may exceed 9 feet more than a mile inland. Coastal residents in multi-story facilities risk being cutoff for a week or more.

Conditions produced by fast moving incredible frontal systems associated with hurricane-like storms, will be worsened by battering waves. Such waves will exacerbate property damage, with massive destruction of homes likely, including those of block construction.

Damage from beach erosion could take years to repair. Only one recent non-tropical example exists for Florida: The "Super Storm" of March 1993 here in the Big Bend, where a storm surge of 12 feet was recorded in Taylor County.