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Coastal Storms & Hurricanes

Coastal Storms & Hurricanes

Coastal storms, including nor'easters, tropical storms and hurricanes, can and do affect New York City. With sustained winds of 74 mph or greater, hurricanes can flatten buildings, topple trees and turn loose objects into deadly projectiles. A major hurricane could push more than 30 feet of storm surge into some parts of New York City.

A geographic phenomenon called the "New York Bight" will magnify a hurricane's effects on the land. The New York Bight occurs because the New York and New Jersey coastlines meet at a right angle. The New York Bight will guide storm surge directly into New York City, amplifying flooding and related damage.

It's important New Yorkers take the time to prepare. All residents should have a plan in the event they need to evacuate or ride out the storm at home.

Download the Ready New York hurricane guide
To find out more about hurricanes and how they affect New York City, download the Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City guide.

Coastal Storm Basics
Learn more about coastal storm terms and measuring hurricane strength.

Hurricane Hazards
Learn more about storm surge and coastal flooding.

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder
During hurricanes, residents in evacuation zones 1 through 6 may be asked to leave their homes.

To find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, use NYC Emergency Management's Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder.

NYC Hurricane History
Read more about hurricanes and New York City.

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