New Storm Surge Technology Could Help People In Hurricane's Path

Weather experts and safety officials are discussing storm safety as the start of hurricane season approaches.

The 5th annual Hurricane Workshop was held at East Carolina University on Wednesday. Governor Pat McCrory gave opening remarks to about 200 meteorologists, weather experts and safety officials.

During a hurricane, much of the focus is on wind speed but experts say storm surge is perhaps the biggest danger. On Wednesday, they talked about new advances in storm surge warnings.

Jamie Rhome is a storm surge specialist with the National Hurricane Center. He talked about new storm surge prototype maps that will soon be on your TV screen. The maps, he says, will help meterologists and safety officials predict when waters will rise in certain neighborhoods.

The technology works like the watch and warning system similar to the one used by meteorologists during tornadoes and severe storms.

Wednesday's event was sponsored by ECU and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.

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The governor is heading to the Pirate Nation Wednesday.

Governor Pat McCrory will be visiting East Carolina University for the 5th Annual Hurricane Workshop, hosted by ECU and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management.

McCrory will talk about the hurricane season at the conference.

The hurricane conference starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Murphy Center at ECU.