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

14 September 2018

By then, Craven County had already gotten more than 100 calls from people who said they were trapped in their homes and in vehicles, public information officer Amber Parker tells TIME Friday morning.

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.

He said there are about 7,000 U.S. military forces now in place and ready to respond to the storm - along with ships, helicopters and high-wheeled vehicles.

Emergency response teams have been "fully pre-positioned" to help local governments and companies like utilities cope with the damage Florence will leave, Long said - but the storm has to leave. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach. Tropical Force winds of 58 to 73 miles per hour are expected in the area. Like a giant hair dryer, these winds push seawater into low-lying marshland and delta areas. Its surge could cover all but a sliver of the Carolina coast under as much as 11 feet (3.4 meters) of ocean water, and days of downpours could unload more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of rain, touching off severe flooding. The storm may gradually drift into northeast SC.

Forecasters expect Florence to hit the Carolinas early in the morning on September 14.

Flood insurance is common for home and business owners living on the coast, but communities further inland are not as willing or able to afford them. That makes it hard to project how the region will ultimately be affected.

Flooding from Hurricane Florence swept across the Carolinas early on Friday as the massive storm surged toward the coast, threatening record rainfall and leaving scores trapped by rising waters. Forecasters warn it will bring "catastrophic freshwater flooding", according to the National Hurricane Center. But it will be a few years before this river data can be integrated into models like ADCIRC, according to Ed Clark, the director of NWS's National Water Center.

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"He said: "(...) In Myrtle Beach is going to continue our coverage so we can continue the evacuation of this building because of the rise in water. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions.

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it's unclear how many did.

North Carolina is the largest tobacco grower and ranks second among USA states in hog inventory and producing broiler chickens.

"There is still time, but not a lot of time", said Derrec Becker of the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management.

Florence's winds weakened as it drew closer to land, dropping from a peak of 225 kph earlier in the week, and the hurricane was downgraded from a terrifying category four to a two. Tropical Storm Olivia has made landfall in the Hawaiian islands, the Philippines are bracing for the powerful typhoon Mangkhut, and Tropical Storm Isaac is nearing the Leeward Islands. The latter had to be relocated back to the reserve after the storm.

A 2016 study by the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance identified more than 4,000 animal waste pits in North Carolina where pig and chicken excrement is collected.

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