As Hurricane Florence approaches the North and South Carolina shores, the current Category 4 storm forced the mandatory evacuation of over 1 million people. Officials are warning of “massive damage” to the coasts and surrounding areas, including extensive flooding. Six two-person crews from the United States Geological Survey agency are installing real-time rapid deployment gauges and storm-surge sensors to record data from the impending storm. The sensors are being deployed from the Atlantic Coast to the eastern portions of West Virginia as meteorologists are forecasting 6-10+ inches of rain to slam the region, with some areas already receiving 2-5 inches over the last 48 hours. All sensors are being deployed in the Short-Term Network and the data will be available to view on Thursday through the Flood Event Viewer. To view this data, click here, then open up the tab labeled “USGS – Flood Viewer”. Data from past events will also be available through this website.