The United States is right now bracing for Hurricane Florence, a category 2 storm expected to unleash catastrophic rain on the East Coast. If you have friends or family living in the region or want to see which areas will be impacted by punishing rains and winds, Esri has released an interactive tool that shows the extent of probable storm-surge.
Called Hurricane Florence Error Cone: Projected Impact, the map pulls in forecast storm positions for cyclones in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian basins from the National Hurricane Center and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
At the time of writing this post, Hurricane Florence was likely to impact 17.3 million residential places and as many as 44.4 million US citizens were in the danger zone. About 125,000 social and health organizations and 39,000 educational institutions also came under the impact area.
Currently, the impact zone looks like this:
The map also provides other helpful insights into the lives of people who would be impacted by Hurricane Florence. And these insights can prove critical for rescue agencies working in the area, allowing them to make the pertinent arrangements in advance.
For example, while the median household income of those being impacted is $52,000, of the 17.3 million houses in the danger zone, 2.2 million live in poverty. This means they will not have enough financial resources to deal with the aftermath of the storm and rebuild their lives. Further, the map reveals that 7.1 million people living in the impact zone are senior citizens, or above 65 years of age. These are the people who may require a higher level of assistance during evacuation or rescue operations.