Hurricane Florence, East Coast of U.S., Sept. 2018

12 Sep 2018

Hurricane Florence was a Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina on Friday, September 14. Dangerous winds and heavy rain battered the area, creating life-threatening storm surge. The slow-moving storm inundated eastern North and South Carolina with heavy, consistent rainfall, more than two feet in some areas. Wilmington, NC was hit very hard with over 26 inches of rain that flooded parts of the city and submerged all routes into town.  Widespread flooding occurred throughout North and South Carolina and, as tributaries continue to drain, some rivers are still rising. The Cape Fear River could crest to a historic level by Wednesday. While flooding was not reported in Virginia, an estimated 15 to 20 tornadoes were reported in at least six counties. The remaining storm, now a depression, is bringing heavy rain to states in the Northeast.

 

The current death toll for the storm is currently 37. Early estimates of property damage are between 17-22 billion dollars.

 

 

 

 

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