See What a Flood Surge of 9 Feet Looks Like

Thanks to augmented reality
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2018 11:47 AM CDT
Dark clouds hang off the beach of Hatteras Village at the south end of Hatteras Island, NC, on Wednesday. Visitors and many island residents have evacuated because of Hurricane Florence approaching the...   (Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
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(Newser) – The unwelcome Florence has almost arrived. The Category 2 hurricane is due to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday with devastating consequences, and the Washington Post reports that flooding already has begun. See the National Hurricane Center for the latest, including projections on rainfall and wind along the storm's expected path. Related coverage of Florence and other menacing storms, including Super Typhoon Mangkhut:

  • Augmented reality: Wilmington, NC, could see a flood surge of 9 feet. What would that look like? See this tweeted video from meteorologist Ryan Davidson for a scary explanation.
  • Waffle House: The chain has its own storm center and is monitoring Florence, and Fortune explains the significance. Waffle House tries to keep stores open no matter the forecast, and FEMA actually uses a "Waffle House index" to gauge how bad things are—green means the local restaurant is open, yellow means open with limited menu, and red means closed.
  • On their own: Animals at three major aquariums in the Outer Banks of North Carolina will have to ride out the storm without their human handlers, reports Reuters. The sites are located within mandatory evacuation zones, and the humans have prepared the facilities as best they could before clearing out.

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