Disaster Zone

An Esri Library of Maps and Apps Tracking Hurricane Florence

Esri has outdone themselves in providing useful products for emergency managers and other first responders.

by Eric Holdeman / September 12, 2018

See the links below that provide mapping products developed by Esri. These will be invaluable in the days ahead in measuring the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. Please share these as widely as possible for the impacted areas.

Active Hurricanes with Wind Speed Forecast — This time-enabled app shows a 72-hour projection from NOAA for wind speed.

Active Hurricanes with Wind Speed Forecast GIF — Here’s a GIF showing what the Active Hurricanes with Wind Speed Forecast app does.

Hurricane Florence Tracker — This app is useful for tracking the storm as it approaches land. It includes the following data:

Current and projected hurricane track

Live traffic

Weather stations showing wind speed in excess of 62 km/h (these will start lighting up as the storm gets closer to land)

Error Cone Impact Summary — This app geo-enriches the cone of uncertainty to report on the number of people potentially impacted by Florence. This app will be useful for the next 72 hours until the storm makes landfall. It includes the following data:

—Current and projected hurricane track
—Demographics
     --Total Population
        Seniors
     --Total Households
        Households in poverty
        Median Household income
     --Educational organizations
     --Health/social services organizations

Forecast Precipitation Impact Summary — This app utilizes National Weather Service’s 7-day forecast precipitation for a more precise measure of the places likely to be significantly impacted. It includes the following data:
—Forecast precip for next 7 days (filtered to areas expecting 5+ inches of rain)
—Demographics

Hurricane Florence Flooding – This is pretty bare right now since we don’t have any floods yet. In addition to the filtered version of the precip forecast, this also shows stream gauges and the locations of nuclear power plants (blue circles with light bulbs). We’ll keep watching for flash flood warnings and storm surge services we can add.

The above information was shared by Robby Deming.