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The Weather Channel this week sought to remove any doubt that Hurricane Florence, the storm currently battering the Carolinas, would be anything less than extremely serious and potentially deadly. The station brought out the big guns to depict just how dangerous the storm’s surge could be, likely blowing its graphics budget in the process.

I’ve never seen anything like it, and I have to give props to TWC’s graphics team, which somehow managed to pull this epic visualization together in roughly two days.

If any of you have relatives or friends currently in the storm’s path, please check in on them and encourage them to evacuate if they are told to do so. Things can be replaced; loved ones can’t. (For more tips on what to do during and after a hurricane, check out or pass along these from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.)