Hurricane Earl, 9/98
It is common for Tampa Bay to experience higher than predicted water levels as a result of hurricanes and tropical storms. This is especially true when the the region experiences strong winds out of the south-southwest. These storm surges may lead to flooding and even bridge closures in low-lying areas around the bay and on the barrier islands on the nearby coast. Conversely, with winds out of the north-northeast, the bay may experience lower than expected water levels. The following are graphics of predicted vs. actual water levels and winds during storms.
Tropical Storm Josephine, 10/96
Hurricane Opal, 10/95
Tropical Storm Gordon, 11/94
Storm of the Century, 3/93