Weather Channel's Incredible 3D Graphics Show Devastating Impact Hurricane Florence Could Have
Batten down the hatches, because Hurricane Florence is on its way and it's ready for destruction.
As the Category 2 storm continues on its rampage towards America, it's predicted to bring up to 13 feet or more of 'catastrophic flash flooding' to parts of the Carolina coast. 'But what will that look like?' we hear you ask.
Well, you no longer have to wonder, as The Weather Channel has put together a forecast report using graphics that would not look out of place in your modern blockbuster movie, with visuals that will either amaze or terrify you, depending on which corner of the earth you currently reside.
The presenter starts by showing which regions of the States will be most affected by the storm surge, including Beaufort, Atlantic Beach and Morehead City, which are expected water rises of between 6 and 9 ft. However, he notes that the storm will hit the inland too in areas like Newport, where flooding could even reach above 9 ft as Florence stretches across the region.
It's at this point we're shown visuals of what this might look like thanks to a CGI flood that gradually increases around the presenter as he describes the destruction set to be caused by the storm.
As the fake flood reaches the top-end heights predicted by The Weather Channel, he describes how these surges will submerge one-storey buildings, sweep vehicles away and pose a risk to many.
It's a damning and worrying visual insight of what's to come.
The National Hurricane Center revealed the storm was around 170 miles east-southeast of Wilmington at 9am ET (2pm BST) this morning. It's currently predicted to move west across South Carolina, where the fallout will likely hit the Carolina coast on Thursday night or early Friday.
NHC senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said: "You're going to have damaging winds for a longer period of time.
"So instead of maybe 120 mph winds for 30 minutes, you might end up with 90 to 100 mph winds for a couple of hours, or three or four hours. And that will produce a lot of damage as well as prolong the beach erosion."
Although there are drops in winds, officials are not taking this storm lightly and as you can see from the video above, a lot of the damage will be caused by flash flooding. Already hundreds of people have been evacuated from the area, while others are warned to take cover and prepare for the worst.
South Carolina governor Henry McMaster said earlier this week in a statement: "Now is the time for your family also to prepare and stay tuned for more updates.
"Plan for the worst, pray for the best. Pretend, assume, presume that a major hurricane is going to hit right smack dab in the middle of South Carolina and is going to go way inshore."
Featured Image Credit: The Weather Channel