- Hurricane Florence has started to hit the North Carolina coast.
- The National Hurricane Center predicts the hurricane will cause up to 13 feet of storm surge on the East Coast.
- A new tool created by the NHC helps visualise how devastating the storm surge could be.
The hurricane is predicted to bring up to 40 inches of rain and 13 feet of storm surge. While that sounds like a lot, it can be hard to picture exactly what it could look like on the ground. The National Hurricane Center, which called these levels “catastrophic,” has created a augmented reality tool that helps visualise how severe the storm surge could be.
Take a look at the Weather Channel’s evocative visualisation of the NHC tool:
The latest iteration of our IMR group's work. This is what storm surge looks like. #Florence will make landfall in the next 36-48 hours and bring with it, 6-9 feet of potential storm surge. @parkertwc will show you what that looks like. @LocalNow @weatherchannel #NCwx #SCwx pic.twitter.com/mG9JjOOJeM
— Ryan Davidson (@RyanDavidsonWX) September 13, 2018
Vehicles begin floating once the water reaches two or three feet, making driving away impossible. At nine feet of storm surge flooding – expected in parts of North Carolina such as Newport – the only way to survive is to move up to a higher level until the flooding passes.
Eat your heart out, CNN! pic.twitter.com/IN8MoN1NCf
— Dorsey Shaw (@dorseyshaw) September 13, 2018
The NHC said tropical storm-force winds will hit North and South Carolina with full force on Thursday evening. Evacuation orders are in place in Virginia and the Carolinas, and about 10 million people are under some kind of weather warning.
Five states and Washington, DC, have declared states of emergency: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland. As of Thursday, nearly a dozen airports have shut down, with more than 1,000 flights being canceled.
Hurricane Florence could flood thousands of buildings. The New York Times reported that Duke Energy, the Carolinas’ major power supplier, said as many as 3 million people could lose power.
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