Hurricane Florence has brought turbulent weather, power outages and flooding to the US east coast – but it’s also proved an opportunity for one weather station to show off a little bit.
A report by the Weather Channel’s Erika Navarro has gone viral after the station expertly used green screen to illustrate the dangers of storm flooding, and the results are pretty scary.
The incredible video sees Navarro stood in a mixed reality street during a virtual storm, with water rising around the meteorologist, showing what 9ft (2.7m) of flooding would look like.
That level of storm surge is what Navarro describes as the “reasonable, worst-case scenario” for some areas such as North Carolina due to Hurricane Florence.
But according to the magazine Wired, the technology to create the immersive visualisation wouldn’t have been possible a year ago and the Weather Channel only finished the new “green screen immersive studio” this week.
The station partnered with The Future Group, a company that specialises in interactive mixed reality technology, earlier this year.
Debuting the tech in June, presenter Jim Cantore used it to walk viewers through what would happen in tornado and the channel demoed the power of lightning the following month.
Viewers took to Twitter to voice their shock and praise at the hurricane explainer: