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According to an article in the Tallahassee Democrat Sunday, Hurricane Michael’s waters dredged up shipwrecks on Dog Island in Franklin County that are believed to be vessels wrecked during the 1899 Carrabelle hurricane. That Category 2 storm swept through the Florida Keys wiping out dozens of ships along with extensive land damage. And now a century later Michael has uncovered at least two of the large wooden ships as seen in this aerial image captured by Vexcel’s Condor camera 2 days after the storm. Click here to explore the area in our public map viewer. The ‘before/after’ slider shows no sign of the ships prior to Michael.

 
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Gray Sky, News
The GIC team is completing processing of acquired imagery, and publishing it steadily to our productions systems.  Inland cities like Union City and Macon Georgia are covered, as well as Tallahassee Florida and Cullman Alabama. With this type of imagery you can get up to 5 views of a single property allowing you to rotate to see all sides of the structure. For tips on viewing our oblique imagery, reference this post from yesterday.

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Gray Sky, News
Gaining access to high resolution aerial imagery immediately after a disaster like Hurricane Michael is critical for rescue, insurance claims assessment, and humanitarian efforts. The ability to enter an address and instantly see the nearby conditions has obvious benefits. But when the area affected is as large as Michael’s, it is impossible to manually  inspect every area. This is where AI and computer vision play an increasingly important role in post-disaster operations.

Our partners at Munich RE have trained a model to asses roof damage from high resolution aerial imagery, and this layer is now live in the public GIC map application.

This makes it possible for an assessor to immediately focus in on a hard hit region. As an example, here is an area in Panama City right in the storms path. Yet not all property sustained equal damage. Here we see a great example of where the model correctly detected light, medium, and high roof damage all in an area roughly the size of a few sports fields.  Click here to explore the area shown below in our public map viewer. And a huge thanks to the team at Munich RE for creating this valuable data layer so quickly!

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Gray Sky, News
Captured with Vexel’s highest resolution camera, we now have our first 360 degree oblique images of Hurricane Michael’s devastation online. With oblique views, you can look at the sides of houses and not just the roof. You can also rotate to see up to 4 views of a single property. As of this evening we have Port St. Joe, Panama City, Mexico Beach, and Dothan available, with more imagery being published throughout the evening.

For comparison, here is the Nadir view of the same location as the image featured above.


Oblique 360 imagery is currently available in the NICB Web application. Click here to view the imagery.
https://maps.geointel.org/app/nicb/?extent=-9509314.5367%2C3497107.2247%2C-9509171.2173%2C3497179.1083%2C102100

To turn on the Oblique imagery viewer, look for the Oblique  Viewer button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Once loaded, you can click on the main map to bring up the corresponding oblique image in the viewer. There you also have access to tools like a ruler, compass and exposure adjustment.


This imagery is also available programmatically via REST api or WMTS layer here: https://maps2.geointel.org/server/rest/services/Vexcel_Gray_Sky_2018_Oblique/ImageServer

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As of 6:30 pm PST, the GIC Map apps, tile servers, and REST API’s are back to normal. We are still investigating the root cause of the outage and will report details here as they become available. 

We sincerely apologize for the unplanned downtime and fully realize it could not have come at a worse time, in the aftermath of Michael.
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