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Hospitals at Risk from Storm Surge by Tropical Cyclones

Figure 14.3

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Earth Resource Technology Inc, National Center for Environmental Health Climate and Health Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
John Balbus, Shubhayu Saha, Katharine M. Johnson

This figure appears in chapter 14 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

These maps shows the locations of hospitals in Charleston County, South Carolina, and Miami-Dade County, Florida, with respect to storm surge inundation for different categories of hurricanes making landfall at high tide. Colors indicate the lowest category hurricane affecting a given location, with darker blue shading indicating areas with the greatest susceptibility to flooding and darker red dots indicating the most vulnerable hospitals. Four of the 38 (11%) hospitals in Miami-Dade County face possible storm surge inundation following a Category 2 hurricane; this could increase to 26 (68%) following a Category 5 hurricane. Charleston hospitals are more exposed to inundation risks. Seven of the 11 (64%) hospitals in Charleston County face possible storm surge inundation following a Category 2; this could increase to 9 (82%) following a Category 4. The impacts of a storm surge will depend on the effectiveness of resilience measures, such as flood walls, deployed by the facilities. Data from National Hurricane Center 20186507ef2b-a68a-420c-9aac-cd1d5c0fc210 and the Department of Homeland Security 2018.f40f0493-f23a-476c-9900-2dd34eb7fd6a

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This figure was created on June 23, 2017.

This figure was submitted on December 03, 2018.

The spatial range for this figure is 25° to 32° latitude, and -79° to -80° longitude.

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