To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Florence, visit the USGS Hurricane Florence page at https://www.usgs.gov/florence.
USGS Installing Rapid-Deployment Gauges in Virginia for Florence
Hurricane response crews from the U.S. Geological Survey are installing rapid-deployment gauges at key locations along the Virginia coast, from Gwynn’s Island to Sandbridge, in advance of Hurricane Florence. Under a mission assignment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the USGS plans to deploy 7 RDGs in coastal Virginia and 2 in Roanoke, and is consulting with federal and state partners about the need for similar equipment for other coastal areas along the mid-Atlantic coast.
Rapid deployment gauges are being installed at critical locations that may be impacted by flooding, but where the USGS does not have permanent streamgages. These specialized gauges can be quickly installed on bridges to provide real-time information on water levels and weather information and augment a network of 250 streamgages in Virginia that provide critical information to the National Weather Service, FEMA and other USGS partners involved in issuing flood and evacuation warnings and in coordinating emergency responses to communities. Information on the rapid-deployment gauges and the real-time data they provide will be available on the USGS “Flood Event Viewer” at https://stn.wim.usgs.gov/FEV/#FlorenceSep2018.
The USGS studies the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms to better understand potential impacts on coastal areas and inland impact of flooding on communities. Information provided through the sensor networks provides critical data for more accurate modeling and prediction capabilities and allows for improved structure designs and response for public safety.
As the USGS continues to take all appropriate preparedness and response actions in response to Hurricane Florence, those in the storm’s projected path can visit www.ready.gov or www.listo.gov for tips on creating emergency plans and putting together an emergency supply kit.