Incredible weather report hailed as 'greatest ever'

An incredible weather report has shown a terrifying forecast of the severe impact Hurricane Florence is likely to have on the east coast of the US.

The hurricane has already inundated coastal streets with ocean water and left more than 80,000 people in Carolina without power. 

An earlier report from The Weather Channel has highlighted just how high water levels could go.

Meteorologist Erika Navarro shows a weather map on the green screen behind her but it’s then transformed into a street to illustrate the storm surge.

An incredible report by the Weather Channel has illustrated just how dangerous rising water levels could be in the wake of Hurricane Florence lashing the US’s east coast. Meteorologist Erika Navarro illustrates the water level at three feet. Source: The Weather Channel

The images projected on the screen show the water level swelling behind Navarro. She points out “at three feet (about 90cm) it would be coming up my shins towards my waist” as the street is shown appearing to flood behind her.

She adds the water level, “could even float some cars” as the sedan behind her is seen floating in the simulation.

The water level then rises again to about 180cm and then 2.7m, dwarfing the meteorologist who demonstrates the dangers.

While the simulation is alarming, it’s been praised on Twitter for illustrating the true danger the storm poses with some labelling it both “amazing and terrifying”.

Navarro shows a simulation of the water level rising to about 180cm. Source: The Weather Channel

“The best kind of infographic is one that is not only completely bad*** technologically and visually, as this one is, but more importantly it must convey your message clearly,” one man wrote.

“No mere text or chart could accomplish this. Very well done.” 

Another Twitter user went as far to claim it’s the “greatest segment” they’ve seen on TV. 

“An incredible way to explain how destructive a hurricane can be,” another tweeted.

Storm downgraded but Carolina lashed  

The storm has since been downgraded to a category 1 but a buoy off the coast of North Carolina has recorded waves nearly nine metres high. 

Winds have dropped to about 144km/h but North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper still warned of an impending disaster. 

“The worst of the storm is not yet here but these are early warnings of the days to come,” he said.  

“Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience.”

Waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina as Hurricane Florence approaches the area on Thursday local time. Source: AAP

North Carolina corrections officials said more than 3,000 people were relocated from adult prisons and juvenile centers in the path of Florence, and more than 300 county prisoners were transferred to state facilities. 

Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it’s unclear how many did. The homes of about 10 million were under watches or warnings for the hurricane or tropical storm conditions. 

Incredible video into the eye of a hurricane

Incredible video from a plane flying into the eye of the hurricane takes a look inside the storm that’s barrelling towards the US East Coast. 

The footage, recorded on Monday, shows the Lockheed WP-3D Orion flying through the strong winds of the hurricane until it reaches the eerily calm eye.

With Associated Press 

A car goes through a flooded street during the heavy rain of outer bands of Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina. Source: Getty Images