Sunset Beach on Treasure Island in St. Petersburg, Florida, during Tropical Storm Andrea in June 2013 (image) American Geophysical Union Share Print E-Mail Caption Sunset Beach on Treasure Island in St. Petersburg, Fla., during Tropical Storm Andrea in June 2013. Increases in summer sea water levels over the past two decades along the eastern Gulf Coast may be boosting storm surge heights, causing more erosion on beaches like this one, according to a new study. Credit Thomas Wahl Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.