The Weather Channel uses Unreal Engine to illustrate Hurricane Florence's storm surge

Shawn Knight

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It is one thing to hear and try to imagine what a nine-foot wall of water might look like outside your home but it’s another thing entirely to actually see it. Through a partnership between The Weather Group and The Future Group forged earlier this year, that’s exactly what we’re getting now from The Weather Channel.

Using the Unreal Engine, The Weather Channel was able to create a mixed reality broadcast that’s reasonably convincing. Some will no doubt call it little more than fearmongering on the part of The Weather Channel but if visuals like this are enough to convince people to evacuate, so be it.

Michael Potts, Weather Channel's vice president of design, said it was created to evoke the automatic visceral reaction, to imagine that this could be real. Potts added that people are sharing it with friends and family as a warning tool and that the amount of engagement they’ve seen across various platforms has been some of the highest they’ve ever seen.

Florence made landfall earlier today and is expected to batter the Carolinas over the coming days.

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poohbear

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Excellent use of gaming technology and it definitely allows us to visualize how dangerous this hurricane can be! Hopefully viewers heed it!
 

Danny101

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Not the only unreal thing the Weather Channel has put on. By way of Mike Sidel. A weather survival game sounds interesting. Survive the Cat 5.
 

tipstir

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I live in all sorts of weather but it's a neat O look at what could happen if you live where it can get flooded so badly. Can't flood here not the way were I live in Florida was designed against flooding. Not everywhere can floods...
 

m3tavision

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I live in all sorts of weather but it's a neat O look at what could happen if you live where it can get flooded so badly. Can't flood here not the way were I live in Florida was designed against flooding. Not everywhere can floods...

You live in Florida & claim you are floodproof?
 

Danny101

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You live in Florida & claim you are floodproof?
It's possible. Most floods are drainage floods, meaning flowing from a higher elevation to a lower elevation. Florida is fairly flat, so most rainfall stays where it fell and puddles.
 

m3tavision

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It's possible. Most floods are drainage floods, meaning flowing from a higher elevation to a lower elevation. Florida is fairly flat, so most rainfall stays where it fell and puddles.


Florida is flat, but also extremely close to water line. Not much elevation at all in Florida, the WHOLE STATE would be subject to a storm surge... (+9')
 

Danny101

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True, but there is another aspect that people forget. As hurricanes approach. they lose the deepwater fuel that they feed off of. As the water gets shallower the storm loses strength. 9 times out of 10 they are always downgraded just before landfall. Hurricane Andrew may have been the strongest storm, a cat 5 (165 mph), to ever struck Florida and wind was the primary damage. If that same storm had struck in the other Gulf and Atlantic states, then storm surge would have been more of a factor.