Flood maps are usually kept on file at your local county courthouse, municipal office or library. It’s important to know if you are in a particular flood zone so you’ll know when to leave if an evacuation order is issued or what type of flood insurance is right for you.

A major threat we face when a hurricane threatens the Lowcountry is storm surge. Scientists have made some progress in researching its reach and impact over the past several years. But the bottom line remains the same: storm surge can be dangerous and destructive.

You can see a storm surge map on the website climatecentral.org or by clicking here. It is a computer model that estimates storm surge down to where you live. Try it below and see how storm surge will affect your area.