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This is another reason why, if the storm surge keeps rising, the NWS decision not to issue a hurricane warning was so ill-advised.
This is what Mayor Bloomberg said Saturday:
“Although we’re expecting a large surge of water, it is not expected to be a tropical storm or hurricane-type surge. With this storm, we’ll likely see a slow pileup of water rather than a sudden surge, which is what you would expect with a hurricane, and which we saw with Irene 14 months ago."
The rapid rise (where the green and red lines come together) is exactly the characteristic of a hurricane storm surge. The NWS's decision has misled many people.
I hope and pray the water stops rising soon and a major flood fails to occur.