Hurricane Florence: Rowan resiliency expert available

Hurricane Florence: Rowan resiliency expert available


New Jersey may not be in the direct path of Hurricane Florence, but Shore areas – especially back bay sections of Atlantic City, Ocean City and Long Beach Island – can expect potential damage form the hurricane, which forecasters anticipate will devastate the Carolinas and elsewhere.

Dr. Rouzbeh Nazari, associate professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, and director of the Rowan Coastal Resiliency Lab, anticipates that on top of Florence, Hurricane Helene should not be extensive but Hurricane Isaac, on its heels, may also be dramatic.

“Florence – I’m really worried about this one. This is probably one of the worst-case scenarios we have ever anticipated from Cape Cod to Florida, mostly coastal flooding,” he said.

While New Jersey will not take the brunt of Florence, Nazari said recent rains have saturated the soil, and any additional rain from the hurricane can cause problems inland as well as at the Shore. He added that if any hurricanes hit even a Category 1 level, residents of the Jersey Shore will not be able to weather the impact in place.

Nazari has dedicated part of his career to coastal resiliency and flood risk management. Currently he is working with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs on resiliency planning for New Jersey, including developing comprehensive maps of the Garden State for impact predictions and high-risk areas.  See Twitter: