Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center
Hurricane response crews from the U.S. Geological Survey are installing storm-tide sensors at key locations along the northeast shores of Puerto Rico in advance of Hurricane Irma. Under a mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the USGS currently plans to deploy about 10 sensors.
The storm-tide sensors, housed in vented steel pipes a few inches wide and about a foot long, are being installed on bridges, piers, and other structures that have a good chance of surviving a storm surge during a hurricane. The information they collect will help define the depth and duration of a storm-surge, as well as the time of its arrival and retreat. That information will help public officials assess storm damage, discern between wind and flood damage, and improve computer models used to forecast future floods.
Pictures of installation of storm-tide sensors
Video of the installation of storm-tide sensor at Villa Pesquera, Dorado, Puerto Rico
USGS Event Viewers: Providing Hurricane and Flood Response Data
Map of flood and high flow conditions. Click here to view the most recent conditions.
Discharge measurements made by USGS Staff. Click here to view detailed information.