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December 11, 2013

Flood Observations And Forecasts From Schneider Electric Keep Flood Areas Alert

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, announced today the release of its flood observations and forecasts, an addition to its industry-leading MxVision WeatherSentry® Online system. The solution provides up to the minute intelligence when assets may be in danger due to high or fast water for all oceans and rivers within and surrounding the United States.

With 3,800 towns and cities in the flood plain in the U.S., flooding costs are more than $7 billion, and claims more than 90 lives, annually. A 2013 article in the Journal of Flood Risk Management projects an increase of approximately 30 percent in damages from flooding by the end of the century. Schneider Electric experts have observed increased severe weather over the past two decades due primarily to climate change, with flooding and excessive rainfall events becoming more frequent year over year. In flood zones it’s no longer a question of if, but when, flooding events will occur.

The updates to MxVision WeatherSentry integrates thousands of real-time river and ocean water level observations to highlight where high or fast water may be affecting operations, allowing advance notification of hazardous situations. With detailed river stage (water depth) and river discharge (water flow) information plotted alongside other weather information, emergency managers can now plan for both the weather conditions and water levels near their location.

Hourly wave height forecasts for the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico offer optimum visibility of the future state of the ocean, predicting when high waves have potential to impact critical coastal assets. Alerts also can be set up for ocean wave height and water level, leaving no surprises as to when the situation will worsen. Tide predictions are included in both hourly and daily forecasts up to fifteen days in advance, providing optimal awareness of when high and low tide coincide with high impact weather.

This display of real-time flood intelligence can be combined with other critical weather content such as radar, real-time lightning and local storm reports to obtain a full understanding of high-impact weather and water headed for the area.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.