Hurricane Dorian brings threat of storm surge

ABC News' Kaylee Hartung reports from Jacksonville, Florida, which faced life-threatening storm surge two years ago with Hurricane Irma.
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life-threatening storm surge. The hurricane force wind pushing ocean water on shore washing away everything in its path. Kaylee Hartung is in Jacksonville where they face this jt two years ago with hurricane Irma. Good morning to you, Kaylee. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Eva. Jacksonville is a city built on wetlands. It doesn't take a hurricane and powerful storm surge to flood the area. Residents here know all too well a rainstorm can raise it several feet. Hurricane Irma made landfall 70 miles from here and yet the damage the storm surge did here, that led Jacksonville's mayor to call it the storm of the century. I want you to see, compare, rather, the view we have here with what the storm surge did here two years ago as the water toppled the embankment. I-95 running above our heads. Water flowed flew the streets here. Downtown, as the hurricane storm surge, it forced water up the ocean's mouth. The ocean water up the river's mouth rather and that water, well, it had nowhere to go. Hurricane Michael a year ago, powerful storm surge, ginger zee watching a house get carried away right before her. Jacksonville's mayor now saying this is not a time to panic, rather, it's a time to prepare. Yeah, we all remember those images. Kaylee, thank you.

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