FIG. 3: The SLOSH model (right) shows
the Maximum Envelope of Water
(MEOW) for Hurricane Isabel in the
Chesapeake. The colors indicate the
maximum surge heights over the course
of the storm for different areas.
the surge float the docks off the pilings? How
high would the water be in the hardstand area?
High enough to lift your boat off its jackstands?
Would there be waves in the hardstand area? If
you’re not happy with the answers, find another place to keep your boat during a storm.
2GET A COPY OF YOUR MARI- NA’S HURRICANE PLAN AND REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. You
need to understand your obligations, and
theirs. To see some sample hurricane plans
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3DETERMINE WHERE TO GET THE MOST ACCURATE FORECASTS FOR WIND AND SURGE. Once a
storm is approaching, your preparations will
depend upon the forecast for wind or surge in
your area. The National Weather Service and
National Hurricane Center remain the best
source of information when a storm threatens
the coast. Sign up now to get hurricane alerts
based on those forecasts sent directly to your
inbox from the BoatU.S. Hurricane Center.
The National Weather Service plans to
begin issuing surge forecasts in addition
to the Saffir-Simpson scale wind forecasts
for all major storms sometime in 2014.
Their Probabilistic Inundation Surge Height
(PHISH) model (FIGURE 4) is fully opera-
tional and forecasts surge when a hurricane is
threatening an area.
Your storm preparations should take into
account not just the forecast wind but also
the forecast surge. See this story online to
learn how three BoatU.S. members prepared
for Sandy and succeeded in keeping their
boats safe in some of the hardest-hit areas.
4CREATE YOUR OWN HURRICANE PLAN. Stripping off sails and canvas, doubling lines on boats left in the
water, lengthening scope on moorings,
and even tying the boat down if it’s on
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