Track Hurricane Arthur in real time with an interactive map

Mapping software company Esri designed a live map, filled with data from NOAA and social media, which shows the hurricane's projected path and more.

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Hurricane Arthur's path as it heads up the Atlantic coast. Esri

As Hurricane Arthur blows up the Atlantic coast, with forecasters saying the storm could soon evolve into a Category 2 as it nears North Carolina, mapping software company Esri has created an interactive map that let's people on the Web see exactly what's happening with the storm's progression.

This Hurricane Public Information Map has various layers that users can select to see specifics about what's happening in the Atlantic. Each layer includes different types of data collected from public sources, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US radar, and social media.

Included in the map are live storm warnings from NOAA and geotags from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram.

"Maps like these are powerful for both first responders and the public alike because they combine authoritative data with crowd-sourced information from social media," an Esri spokesperson told CNET. "Often, social media can provide a more up-to-date view of the situation on the ground then you can get with the data by itself."

Hurricane Arthur is expected to reach North Carolina on Thursday with heavy rain and winds as high as 96 mph. It's unclear if the storm will make landfall or stay out to sea.

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