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Copernicus Sentinel maps Florence hurricane flood
15 September 2018
Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding. The Copernicus Sentinel-1 radar mission is being used to map affected areas.
Although this mighty hurricane was downgraded to a category 1 storm before it made landfall, the momentum the storm generated on its long trip across the Atlantic remains. Storm surges and flooding are therefore similar to that associated with a category 4 storm.
With lives and property at risk, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was standing by - even before storm hit land - ready to map the floods to help relief efforts.
Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab - Sentinel-1: seeing through clouds. As an advanced radar mission, Sentinel-1 can image the surface of Earth through cloud and rain and regardless of whether it is day or night.