With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the US east coast, a Weather Channel forecast has given a ‘biblical’ vision of the storm’s potential.
With the use of green screen technology, a weather girl was submerged as she attempted to portray the capability of the Category 1 storm.
The Weather Channel video has so far been viewed three million times and retweeted 32,000 times since being posted yesterday.
And it has divided opinion with some labelling it "scaremongering" while others arguing it "gets the point across".
The report begins with analysis of where the rainfall will hit, before transforming into an apocalyptic demonstration of the storm’s impact.
With wind sound effects blowing in the background, the weather reporter is swallowed by a rising wall of flood water.
"When the storm surge reaches – this could be about to knock you off my feet and could be enough to float a parked car. This is extremely dangerous," she says
"Once we get up to that six foot this water’s over my head, I wouldn’t be able to withstand the force of the water coming in"
"But once we get to the nine foot range that’s when we get into a life-threatening scenario. Extremely dangerous and life-threatening."
"If you’re told to go, then go," she finishes.
Nooruddean who shared the clip on Twitter, wrote: Scary as **** weather report. First it’s like, ah smart use of green screen, then it’s like holy f****** ****.
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The ‘biblical’ video has received a mixed reaction as some say it is an attempt by the network to play on the fears of viewers to boost ratings.
Twitter users Crippy Cooke wrote : "Nobody does news like the US. They scaremonger their audience perfectly to continue tuning in to learn more about the horrors that face them, sponsored by Bud Light……."
Another said: "Well that certainly gets the point across".
Another praised the video: "That is the single best real-world "do you get it now?" illustration of just what a big storm surge will do. And yeah, that’s terrifying."
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The report is sobering viewing for the five million people who are living in the storm’s path, particularly those unwilling to move to safer ground.
Around 1.7 million residents living in the path of the hurricane have been advised to evacuate to keep themselves safe – but those refusing to move have been asked to write their names on their arms for a heartbreaking reason .
GMB reports that officials have told residents to write their name on their arm so they can be identified if they die in the disaster.
"They have been told by the police ‘you won’t receive any help’ when that storm hits and what about this for a warning, some people have been told to mark their names on their arms so they can be identified, that’s how grave the situation is here," ITV journalist Nick Dixon said on-air this morning.
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