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Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge uses aerial photography to assess storm damage

The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge used a drone to capture photos of possible tornado damage from the April 13 storms.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 6:45 PM

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the noxubee national wildlife refuge in oktibbeha county is taking a unique approach to surveying damage that may have been caused by severe weather. wtva's nicole dantzler joins us live to show us what they're doing. a contractor took aerial photos of forest damage along highway 25 for the noxubee national wildlife refuge. gary ervin tells me he used a drone to fly over 500 acres of land that laid in the path of the april 13 tornado. ervin says he plugs his iphone into the remote control for the drone, and the drone sends back pictures of the land. he also has an app on his phone that can map where the drone is and monitor what it's capturing as it make progress over the area he wants to cover. the pictures will then be saved and the software overlaps the pictures together like a jigsaw puzzle to create one large photograph of the entire area it flew over. he says that aerial photography will help the managers of the noxubee national wildlife refuge determine if the tornado damaged any trees on their property. ." "the drone we can monitor what the drone sees while it's in the air and so far i haven't seen any damage to the forest that looks like it would've been caused by the tornado however i'm working my way south towards craig springs where i understand there was some damage to some homes and that sort of thing so i expect by the time i get down there i'll start to see some actual tornado damage." although ervin says so far he didn't see any tornado damage to their property just yet he is moving towards other areas of storm damage to capture more photos. which will hopefully help the managers of the refuge decide how to assess that damage. live in macon nicole dantzler wtva 9 news. and good news
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