ABSTRACT

Storm-Tide Elevations Produced by Hurricane Andrew Along the Southern Florida Coasts, August 24, 1992   [open pdf - 77MB]

"On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall south of Miami, Florida, and crossed the extreme southern point of peninsular Florida. The combined effects of storm surge from the hurricane and astronomical tide, referred to as storm tide, caused flooding over a large part of extreme southern Florida. In the weeks that followed the storm, the U.S. Geological Survey identified, described, and surveyed many high-water marks along the southeastern coast of Florida (Miami to Key Largo) and in selected areas along the southwestern coast of Florida (Flamingo to Goodland) to document the extent of flooding. A total of 336 high-water marks are described in tabular form in this report and their locations are plotted on nineteen 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps, which are included as plates in the pocket at the back of this report. For the southeastern coast, north-south profiles of the high-water marks along the outer and inner barrier islands and along the western shoreline of Biscayne Bay are also presented. Storm-tide elevations (relative to sea level) ranged from 4 to 6 feet in northern Biscayne Bay, increased in a southerly direction to about to 17 feet on the western shoreline near the center of the bay and decreased from that point to about 3 to 6 feet in southern Biscayne Bay and Barnes Sound. Elevations along the southwestern coast ranged from 4 to 5 feet above sea level at Flamingo and 5 to 7 feet above sea level at Goodland in the Ten Thousand Islands area."

Report Number:
U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-116
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Date:
1994
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: http://www.noaa.gov/
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pdf
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