Hurricane Florence: Weather Channel shows simulation of 9-foot waters


The Weather Channel on Thursday produced a terrifying Hurricane Florence weather forecast using a visualization 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.

2018-09-14 10:51:23

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