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Tropical Cyclone: Largest Storm Surge associated with Tropical Cyclone

Record Value 13 m (42')
Date of Event 5/3/1899
Geospatial Location Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia [14°15'S, 144°23'E] with Tropical Cyclone Mahina

Reference

Whittingham, H.E., 1958: "The Bathurst Bay Hurricane and associated storm surge" Aust. Met. Mag., 23:14-36
Nott J., Green C., Townsend I. and J. Callaghan, 2013: "The world record storm surge and the most intense Southern Hemisphere Tropical Cyclone - New Evidence and Modeling" Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society,http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00233.1

Discussion

Other contemporary accounts place the surge at 14.6 m (almost 48 ft). Fish and dolphins were reported found on top of 15 m cliffs

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Additional Images

World's Largest Storm Surge associated with Tropical Cyclone
Illustration of 13 meter (42') storm surge depth
World's Largest Storm Surge associated with Tropical Cyclone

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Bathurst Bay

World's Largest Storm Surge associated with Tropical Cyclone

Closeup and Regional Satellite Images of Bathurst Bay