Brain McCallum of the US Geological Survey published this note in his Facebook stream tonight.  This unprecedented deployment of sensors in advance of the storm is going to give a fantastic database in the future to use to study storm surges along the coast.  I applaud this effort and the folks that are making it happen.

“Our crews are out putting sensors along the Atlantic coast in advance of Hurricane Matthew. The real-time gages will help warn of flood waters (black and green triangles–just click on them!) the non-real time sensors (red dots) will be updated very soon after the storm by our weary crews and will be used to better refine the storm surge forecasts by the NHC and response/recovery efforts by FEMA.

Go to:

and select the Matthew October 2016 event.

You can pan and zoom the map. Add layers (see Map Layers in upper right corner) and click away!

This is truly a team effort by USGS. It makes me proud to be a part of this great team to help our citizens in harm’s way.”