Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Startling before and after images show Hurricane Florence's true power

Startling before and after images show Hurricane Florence's true power

Griff Jenkins reports from Fayetteville, North Carolina.

A submerged auto sits surrounded by water outside a home in a flooded neighbourhood in Lumberton, North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Cooper warned that the flooding is far from over and will get worse in places. "While a few rivers on the Carolinas' coastal plain reached their peak levels and began declining Monday, other rivers are still rising on the Carolinas' coastal plain, and some may not peak until next week".

North Carolina continues to bear the brunt of Florence's deadly deluge, as rivers continue to rise and thousands of homes and roadways remain submerged.

Some 4,700 people across North Carolina have been rescued by boat or helicopter since the storm made landfall, twice as many as in Hurricane Matthew two years ago, according to state officials.

The death toll from Storm Florence has risen to 37 after officials confirmed the deaths of two SC mental health patients, officials say.

Sprayberry said the county has activated 10 kitchens in several areas, including Wilmington, Jacksonville, Hope Mills, Lumberton, and Washington, to provide hot meals to those affected by Florence.

Of the 44 people killed, three have been in Virginia, 32 in North Carolina and nine in SC, officials said.


McMaster on Thursday estimated damage from the flood in his state at $1.2 billion U.S., characterizing it in a letter to state congress members as the worst disaster in the state's modern history.

Florence is blamed for at least 42 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He asked Congress for help.

While some roads are not flooded, they may have damage and hazardous debris that makes it unsafe to drive or walk on them, state officials said.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said it was monitoring four areas in the Atlantic for signs of a new tropical weather threat. Some areas are still on on high alert due to the ongoing threat of flooding as rivers and lakes crest. One was off the coast of the Carolinas with a chance of drifting toward land. Well over half of those killed were in vehicles.

Duke Energy Corp said on Friday that breaches in a cooling lake dam forced it to shut down its natural gas-fired L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina.

Florence has claimed eight lives in SC thus far, and flooding is expected to worsen later this week and into next.

The risk of environmental damage mounted, as human and animal waste was washed into the swirling floodwaters.

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