N.C. researchers help Louisiana officials with storm surge forecast

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) — Researchers in eastern North Carolina are helping officials in Louisiana with a storm surge forecast as the storm is expected to make a second landfall along the Louisiana coast by Wednesday.

Rick Luettich with the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences explained what the state can expect.

“Louisiana is a very flat, low coast and so small storm surges can inundate those areas just like in eastern North Carolina, so there’s actually a fair amount of similarity,” Luettich said.

Luettich said he expects a storm surge of five to six feet from western Louisiana to New Orleans late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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