REPORT: 941,392 Homes Threatened By Ida Storm Surge

A trifecta of damaging winds between 130-156 mph, dangerous storm surge, and extremely heavy and widespread rainfall between 10-15 inches is expected to put 941,392 homes in the Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi coastal areas at risk for storm surge damage, according to data analysis for single-family and multifamily homes released by CoreLogic®.  The reconstruction cost value of all at-risk homes totals more than $200 billion. Storm surge is the abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm, measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted astronomical tide. The surge is caused primarily by a storm’s winds pushing water onshore and can cause significant property damage. “Atmospheric conditions are highly favorable for rapid intensification after Ida emerges from…