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Terrifying Weather Channel video shows potential storm surge destruction by Hurricane Florence

Posted at 9:07 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 14:49:21-04

As massive Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, The Weather Channel produced a video that shows in dramatic fashion what the possible storm surge would look like. 

With the National Hurricane Center predicting storm surge of up to 13 feet in some places, the dangers seem very real. Seeing what those water levels look like is simply terrifying. Watch the video below.

The graphics in the video illustrate what storm surges of 3, 6 and 9 feet would look like, including the objects they would sweep away and the buildings they would flood.

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An official from South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources says officials are concerned about the potential for widespread flooding after Hurricane Florence's arrival, particularly in the northeastern part of the state.

For some perspective on the size of this storm, here's what it looks like compared to Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hugo killed 27 people in South Carolina, left nearly 100,000 people homeless and caused $9.47 billion in damage (USD 1989), making it the most damaging hurricane on record at the time. 

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