Forecasters warned that Hurricane Florence will likely bring widespread destruction and 40 inches of rain to parts of the east coast, but it's a freaky flood animation that has sparked sweeping fear across social media.
The Weather Channel segment was posted Thursday evening and quickly went viral on Twitter. Watch it here:
Meteorologist Erika Navarro detailed a "reasonable worst case scenario" for North Carolina residents as a simulation depicting 3, 6, and 9 foot-levels of floodwater creepily rose around her.
"This is an absolute life-threatening scenario," Navarro said. "This water is through the first floor of your home, into the second."
She added that potential hazards like floating cars, dangerous chemicals and exposed power lines could be lurking in the storm surge. Here's how Twitter reacted to the unsettling clip:
CNN has further details on Florence's latest developments:
By noon Friday, Florence's center was about 45 miles east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and was crawling at 6 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
Hurricane-force winds extend 70 miles from Florence's center. The storm is expected to lumber into far southeastern North Carolina and eastern South Carolina through Saturday, punishing the area over and over with rain and damaging winds.
Stay safe, people.