Natural catastrophes are unpredictable and becoming more devastating as time goes by. With the use of modern and high tech machines, we are able to detect when or where a weather disturbance may occur and what will be the extent of its damage. With that in mind, a woman made weather reporting realistic by using 3D graphics and special effects.
Last September, North and South Carolina was devastated by hurricane Florence damage that resulted in 53 fatalities both direct and indirect and estimated damage of more than $38 billion (USD).
The Weather Channel used augmented reality, a recently developed immersive studio to air an extraordinary 3D simulation of a progressive storm surge or flash flooding scenario. The studio used the entire broadcasting room and a choreographed presentation by weather reporter Erika Navarro to project a depiction of the worst case scenario when the hurricane Florence onslaught.
Erika started her forecast by explaining that Hurricane Florence is a “large and extremely destructive hurricane” and warning that extreme flash flooding is a real threat along parts of the US coastline. She uses a typical map graphic which has been superimposed on to the green screen behind her. She also issued wind and rainfall forecasts to each different parts of the country.
Things are pretty normal until about 45 seconds in when things get an intense turn.
“This is just what it looks like on the map,” Erika says.
“We can show you what this could look like if you were to find yourself in this scenario.”
The map suddenly disappears and Erika is standing on a neighborhood street corner, with an audio clip of racing water and strong wind play in the background.
The stormwater begins pooling around Erika’s feet and rises as she explains the threat of storm surges from Hurricane Florence. The simulation demonstrates what the storm surge would look like, three feet (0.9m), six feet (1.8m) and nine feet (2.7m).
The visualization of the water continues to rapidly rise around Erika, halfway up the street sign and almost fully submerges the red car close by.
“Once that water comes up to three feet, you can see that it would be coming up my shins, up towards my waist,” Erika says.
“This could be enough to knock you off your feet, it could even float some cars that could be parked on the side of the roadway”.
It gets more terrifying when the water current becomes more turbulent, winds rage in the distance and the weather reporter appears to be completely surrounded by muddy floodwater. By then, Erika started to explain the various risks associated with storm surges and encouraging residents to listen to authorities if a situation like this occurs during Hurricane Florence.
“Winds pick everything up, cars would be floating at this point. This water is over my head, I wouldn’t be able to stand here or withstand the force of the water coming in,” she says.
“There might even be dangers like chemicals and exposed power lines lurking in the waters”.
“But once we get to nine-foot range, this is an absolute life-threatening scenario,” she says.
“This water is through the first floor of your home, into the second”.
You can also see fishes swimming around the floodwater along with the debris and submerge street sign.
“This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. So if you find yourself here, please get out,” Erika ended.
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Posted by Mediaite on Thursday, September 13, 2018