Timelapse of Hurricane Matthew Shows the Storm Surge

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Storyful News’s John Johnson posted a time-lapse video of Hurricane Matthew hitting the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. The film was shot from a high vantage point so the beach and rows of streets and buildings can clearly be seen. Water laps up over the beach and crashes down the streets.

The rising water from the ocean due to hurricane activity is referred to as the “storm surge.” People who live along the coast know the term well as they’re often urged to evacuate because of how dangerous the surge can be. Water starts rising a day before the hurricane even hits, and since it can block roadways, it’s one of the reasons people are urged to evacuate early. Storm surges can open up doors and windows and pour water into buildings, and it prevents emergency services from getting to those who need rescue.

Weather Underground further explains the severity of the situation. Their website states, “The storm surge moves with the forward speed of the hurricane — typically 10-15 mph. This wind-driven water has tremendous power. One cubic yard of sea water weighs 1,728 pounds — almost a ton.”

Watch how Hurricane Matthew’s storm surge looked at Jacksonville Beach below.