AUSTIN, Texas — A new video is helping the National Weather Service track the weather across the country as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall.
The video, which shows the sky in a hurricane-prone Texas town as it warms, is scheduled to air Monday on ABC News.
The weather service is calling it the most significant event in its nearly 50-year history.
The Weather Channel, which produces the video, says the video is being broadcast as a one-minute ad.
“For decades, we’ve been watching the weather around the country, but never before has it been able to bring the world into a true hurricane watch,” Weather Channel CEO Jeff Rader said in a statement.
“The unprecedented and unprecedented scope of this storm is now the first time we’ve seen it in our lifetime.
This is the greatest challenge that we face today.”
Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall Friday in Texas, and has already made its way through Texas and Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center said Harvey is forecast to move through Florida by Monday morning and eventually make landfall in the Carolinas, South Carolina and Virginia.
It has been named a Category 3 storm, the highest category.
Harvey was forecast to be a Category 2 hurricane by Sunday.
The storm’s winds have weakened to Category 2 and are expected to reach Category 4 in the next 24 hours.
Harvey is expected to hit the coast by Monday afternoon and then move inland.
It is the first major hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast since Hurricane Andrew in 1985.
“We have been monitoring the weather for a while, and this is the best way to get people out of their homes,” said Matt Barlow, chief meteorologist for ABC News Weather.
The hurricane’s path has been mapped and meteorologists say it’s not likely to become a Category 1 hurricane before it reaches the Gulf Coast, which is a key battleground for the U