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August 29, 2011
Kara Capelli 571-420-9408 kcapelli@usgs.gov
Brian McCallum 770-903-9127 bemccall@usgs.gov

Media Advisory: USGS Crews to Retrieve Storm Surge Sensors

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In advance of Hurricane Irene, USGS scientists deployed storm surge sensors along the Eastern Seaboard to measure the height and intensity of the storm surge. Over the next several days, USGS crews will retrieve these sensors and begin to analyze the data. The information will help define the depth and duration of the storm-surge, as well as the time of its arrival and retreat. That information will help assess storm damage, discern between wind and flood damage, and improve computer models used to forecast future floods. 

What: Reporters can accompany the USGS crews as they retrieve the storm surge sensors from various locations along the Atlantic coast.

Points of Contact:

  • North Carolina:  Holly Weyers  (919) 571-4048
  • Virginia:  Shaun Wicklein  (804) 399-9929
  • Maryland/Delaware:  Bob Shedlock  (443) 498-5500
  • New Jersey:  Rick Kropp  (609) 771-3901
  • New York:  Jerry Butch  (518) 285-5673
  • New York:  Busciolano  (631) 736-0783 x 104

When/Where: The specific schedules and locations will vary by state depending on flooding and road closures. Contact the state point of contact for more information. 

Additional information can be found on the USGS Preparation and Data Collection Activity for Hurricane Irene, 2011 website


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