Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

A land transformed by water: North Carolina, before and after Hurricane Florence

A land transformed by water: North Carolina, before and after Hurricane Florence

Florence has demolished rainfall records.

Previously, North Carolina's rainfall record from a storm was 24 inches, set by Hurricane Floyd almost twenty years ago. At least 11 other areas also broke the old record.

"This is ridiculous. This is the worst I've ever seen, and that includes hurricane evacuations", Tovornik said.

Baker was unsure, however, whether this particular boat was part of state reconnaissance efforts, or simply someone taking a weird boating trip down a USA highway.

Yesterday afternoon, this news outlet was tracking a live webcam of the river sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) when we noticed the bridges spanning the Great Pee Dee were under siege from rising floodwaters ...

"It is compelling and sobering to see these storms come in back-to-back seasons", said Jim Kossin, an atmospheric research scientist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rose Stromberg after she crawled into her storage unit, which was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, to retrieve an American flag adorned with the names of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in Spring Lake, N.C. The water appeared to stop rising in Nichols, but the town of 360 was nearly entirely submerged for the second time in three years.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says the statewide death toll is nine. Here are the cities and counties that Hurricane Florence drenched the most.


Poultry is the number one agricultural industry in North Carolina, with a statewide economic impact of $36.6 billion a year, according to the North Carolina Poultry Federation. "Many roads remain impassable".

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service. What have we been doing for two years?.

"You can never tell what lies under that water", he said.

On the Cape Fear River, Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at Wilmington, N.C. power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the water. About 20,000 pigs were moved to other states, other parts of North Carolina or to the market, the Pork Council's Curliss said. "My gut is turning up", church member Dennis DeLong said. Some of them have been washed out entirely. "We put a lot of heart and soul into putting it back up".

Additionally, Sanderson said about 30 Lumberton-area farms, housing approximately 211,000 chickens in each, have been isolated by flood waters.

The slow-moving natural disaster will continue to unfold in the coming days following up to 3 feet of rain that fell earlier in September from Florence. Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.

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