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Hurricane Dorian Before and After Damage Assessment Imagery

9 Sep 2019, 3:16 am

[GOES Visible satellite image of Hurricane Dorian first landfall in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. From NOAA]

[NOAA] Last week, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) began collecting U.S. aerial damage assessment images for Hurricane Dorian. Imagery is being collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. Collected images are available to view online via the NGS aerial imagery viewer.

NOAA’s aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities. This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment.

The team of NOAA aviators and sensor operators are capturing the images using specialized remote-sensing cameras aboard NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations’ King Air aircraft flying above the area at an altitude between 500 and 1500 meters (about 1,600 to 5,000 feet).

Available Imagery

View NOAA Emergency Response Imagery collected on the following days:

September 4, 2019North Key Largo, Florida, to Hollywood, Florida.

[Key Biscayne, Florida. Top image is before Hurricane Dorian, provided by MapboxDigital Globe, and OpenStreetMap. Bottom image is after Dorian landfall, from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey]

September 5, 2019Fort Lauderdale, Florida to just south of Savannah, Georgia.

[St. Augustine, Florida. Top image is before Hurricane Dorian, provided by MapboxDigital Globe, and OpenStreetMap. Bottom image is after Dorian landfall, from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey]

September 6, 2019Coastal and inland areas near Savannah, Georgia and Beaufort, South Carolina; coastal and inland areas from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Bald Head Island, North Carolina

[North of Brunswick, Georgia. Top image is before Hurricane Dorian, provided by MapboxDigital Globe, and OpenStreetMap. Bottom image is after Dorian landfall, from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey]

September 7, 2019Bald Head Island, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia

[Outer Banks of North Carolina. Top image is before Hurricane Dorian, provided by MapboxDigital Globe, and OpenStreetMap. Bottom image is after Dorian landfall, from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey]

Edited for WeatherNation by Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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Chelsea is from Indianapolis, Indiana. Although it may be the Hoosier state, she attended Purdue University and is a diehard Boilermaker fan. She has a BS in atmospheric science and is currently pursuing her MS in environmental policy and management with a concentration in energy and sustainability from the University of Denver. Chelsea loves the ever-changing patterns of the atmosphere wh... Load Moreich led her to participate in extensive severe weather research for the Red Cross during her undergrad years. She is currently a Community Volunteer Leader for the Red Cross and enjoys giving back to the community she lives. Before coming to WeatherNation, Chelsea worked in West Virginia at WSAZ and in west Tennessee at WBBJ where she did it all from reporting to sports but her passion is weather.

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