Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Weather Channel uses mixed reality to show the effects of a hurricane

Weather Channel uses mixed reality to show the effects of a hurricane

It is expected to move across parts of southeastern North Carolina and eastern SC on Friday and Saturday, then head north over the western Carolinas and central Appalachian Mountains early next week, the NHC said. Despite weakening to a Category 1 storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency gives this ominous warning: "Don't focus on the category of the storm".

More than 1,925 flights have been cancelled with most regional airports along the coast now closed until Saturday.

The ISS is now orbiting at an altitude of about 400 km above the surface of the Earth meaning it has an incredible view of Hurricane Florence as it rages.

Some areas could receive as much as 40 inches (one meter) of rain, forecasters said.

About 1.7 million people in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have been put under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders to avoid what emergency officials called a "once in a lifetime" storm.

Not everyone was taking Florence too seriously: About two dozen locals gathered Thursday night behind the boarded-up windows of The Barbary Coast bar as Florence blew into Wilmington.

"We've got to quickly understand the damage that's been done to the transportation systems, the communication systems, the power systems, and we are positioning, and have bene positioned for multiple days now, to get those critical lifelines back up and stable as quickly as we can", he said. According to Fire Chief Glen Rogers, there are in fact only 12 people left on the beach to sit out the storm.

Hurricane Florence Brings Life-Threatening Storm Surge To The Carolinas
Speaking on Fox News, the reporter warned conditions could continue for at least 12 hours as the storm moves inland. Numerous flight cancellations and delays Thursday involved arrivals or departures at airports in Florence's path.

What the hurricane "has now lost in terms of maximum wind speeds near its centre, it has now gained in terms of sheer expansiveness", said Peter Mullinax, a meteorologist at Planalytics. "Whether you have a house or not, when the storm comes it will bring everyone together". Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

As of 2 a.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles east of Wilmington, N.C. Its forward movement increased slightly to 6 mph.

Members of the Missouri Search and Rescue, part of FEMA, unload their gear at a staging area as Hurricane Florence starts to make landfall in Lealand, North Carolina, Sept. 13, 2018. Hurricane-force winds extended 90 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 195 miles.

Scientists said it is too soon to say what role, if any, global warming played in the storm.

CNN's not the only media outlet with reporters in the way of Florence, delivering scoops on what rain and wind look like. This is a heck of a lot more effective for getting the point across - and much safer. As the storm moves inland, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland will also be in peril. "If we lose the house, oh well, we can get housing".

"I built this house myself, so I'm not anxious at all, I know it's solid", he said. "I have never seen a hurricane that is literally going to be with us for two days", he said.

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