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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.
Benjamin Stout, a pioneer and exceptional leader in the field of environmental science, dedicated his life to creating a positive impact on the community around him. Whether through his work as a professor of Biology at Wheeling Jesuit, his performance as an expert witness in court cases regarding watershed impairment, or his advocacy for improving the water quality of West Virginia’s rivers, Ben left his mark on the industry, and left a lasting impact on the community and the people he worked with. Ben died of cancer Aug. 3 at his home in Wheeling, surrounded by his family. Read about his incredible impact here: http://www.wvpublic.org/post/remembering-ben-stout-environmental-legacy#stream/0