Storm surges, which occur as sea water is pushed up against a shoreline by hurricane winds, are often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. The Gulf of Mexico coastline is especially vulnerable to storm surge disasters.
Another round of storms and rain hit the Houston area today, leaving behind flooding and flood watches across multiple counties.
Some counties in the area have seen as much as ten to twelve inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
A community just outside of Austin, Texas, was pounded by about 10 inches of rain over a few hours early Tuesday, causing flash floods and leaving at least 15 residences surrounded by water, a Texas emergency management official told CNN.
With an increase in tropical moisture around the area, we can expect plenty of showers and storms throughout the day. There is also a slight risk for waterspouts near the coastal waters with these thunderstorms.
It may be near the end of the week before power is restored to some of the millions of those lacking electricity following weekend storms as another day of sweltering temperatures was forecast for much of the nation Monday.