This Weather Channel simulation of Hurricane Laura is both terrifying and impressive

Greg Evans
Friday 28 August 2020 11:00
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Whenever there is a major natural disaster in the United States you can depend on The Weather Channel to give you the best reporting possible.

At the time of writing, states such as Louisiana and Texas are being battered by Hurricane Laura, with wind speeds reportedly reaching up to 150mph, leaving six dead and thousands without power, in one of the strongest storms to ever hit the United States.

Laura made landfall on Thursday night and has since been given tropical storm status.

The devastation of an event like this is almost unimaginable and that's why Laura has been forecast as an 'unsurvivable storm surge' meaning that it really shouldn't be underestimated by anyone.

In these situations, The Weather Channel deploys their immersive simulation studio which demonstrates just how catastrophic a storm like this can be when it reaches its peak.

In the two minute clip, the metrologist in the video shows viewers just what would happen if storm waters reached above 9 feet like it has been forecast to do in southern Louisiana, which could lead to all sorts of objects and chemicals floating around in the drink.

This is why they call it 'unsurvivable storm surge flooding.' This is why you need to pay attention to the latest forecasts and evacuate now. It just might save your life.

The clip has already been viewed more than two million times on Twitter and people are both amazed at the technology but equally worried about the consequences of the storm.

This is far from the first time that The Weather Channel have used this type of technology to display just how impactful and dangerous natural disasters. Extreme blizzards, forest fires and other major hurricanes have all been given the simulation to equally awe-inspiring and horrifying results.

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