Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Virginia residents were warned that tropical depression ERNESTO would bring a lot of rain and consequently some flooding from runoff. Although briefly a hurricane (sustained winds greater than 74 mph) near the island of Haiti, ERNESTO spent most of its life as a tropical storm (windsgreater than 58 mph) before crossing into Virginia on September 1, 2006, as a tropical depression(winds greater than 39 mph). Little did we know that a mere tropical depression would be packing high winds and a walloping storm tide along with the rain.
Storm surge, storm tides, Chesapeake Bay
Boon, J. (2006) Ernesto: Anatomy of a storm tide. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/reports/1988