Weather Channel video illustrates the horrifying reality of towering floodwater in North Carolina

The Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel on Thursday simulated what 9-foot floodwater would look like on a residential street.

  • Hurricane Florence has arrived in North Carolina and is expected to bring massive floods and damage caused by heavy rain and an enormous storm surge.
  • The storm has sustained wind speeds of 90 mph, and 40 inches of rain could fall over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
  • The Weather Channel on Thursday produced a forecast showing virtual water rising above the forecaster, creating a terrifying visualisation of what 9 feet of water could do to a town.
  • “This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation, so if you find yourself here, please get out,” the meteorologist Erika Navarro pleaded as the virtual water rose above her head.

The Weather Channel on Thursday produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualisation to simulate what 9 feet of floodwater might look like in North Carolina.

The effects of Hurricane Florence have already arrived to the US East Coast, where the National Hurricane Center forecasts as much as 40 inches of rain and 11 feet of flooding from storm surge in some places.

The Weather Channel’s video from Thursday evening started like a regular weather forecast, with the meteorologist Erika Navarro explaining the “reasonable worst-case scenario” of water levels.

But the background then changed to a street corner, where the virtual water level began rising around Navarro.

The water was seen rising as high as 9 feet, lifting a car on the simulated street beside her and floating it above her head as a street sign was submerged.

“This is an absolute life-threatening scenario,” Navarro said. “This water is through the first floor of your home, into the second.”

Even as the simulated water approached 6 feet, rising over her head, Navarro said that she would not be able to stand and that there would most likely be hazards such as chemicals or exposed power lines in the water.

“You can see there’s fish floating around in here,” she said. “This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation, so if you find yourself here, please get out. If you’re called to go, you need to go.”

Read the latest on Hurricane Florence here.

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