Since Hurricane Florence made a direct hit on the Carolinas nearly a week ago, the storm brought several waves of devastation.
First, as the storm roared ashore, it unleashed a huge surge of ocean water that swamped some coastal areas such as New Bern, North Carolina.
At the same time, Florence’s drenching rain – as much as 3 feet in some areas – left many areas near the coast underwater. For instance, the 2 feet of rain that fell in Wilmington, North Carolina, raised the city’s 2018 rainfall total to a record 7 feet.
Finally, the rain that fell well inland continues to work its way through the region’s streams and rivers as it makes its way to the sea. This slow-motion, river-flooding disaster will continue well into next week. For example, the Cape Fear River in North Carolina crested at 61.6 feet on Wednesday – more than 25 feet above flood stage and 7 feet below the all-time record.
Here’s a look at how the Florence’s waters altered North Carolina’s landscape during the past week.
Rains, surge inundate the region
JIM LO SCALZO, EPA
The rains recede
The rivers overflow
ANDREW CRAFT, APSOURCE: USA Today, by Jim Sergent