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Florence: What you need to know in graphics

Florence: What you need to know in graphics
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This NASA handout photo shows a view from the International Space Station of Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 10, 2018.

A graphical look at the forecasted path and predicted impacts of Hurricane Florence

After a quiet start to the hurricane season, Hurricane Florence shattered the calm as it made a direct hit on the Carolinas on Friday. Drenching rain, howling winds and destructive ocean waves battered the region as the storm made landfall. Florence has stalled over the Carolinas and the Appalachians, bringing days of extremely heavy rain.

What we know as of Monday evening, according to the Associated Press: 

► Florence is being blamed for at least 32 deaths in the Carolinas and Virginia.

► About 15,000 people are in shelters in North Carolina

► Tens of thousands have been ordered out of communities along North Carolina’s steadily rising rivers.


Credit: U.S. Coast Guard
Members of Coast Guard rescue an elderly woman and her husband along with their pets in Brunswick County, N.C.

More than 1,000 search-and-rescue personnel with 36 helicopters and more than 200 boats have been working in North Carolina. About 13,500 military personnel are assisting in the relief efforts. North Carolina’s governor says 2,600 people and 300 animals have been moved to safety as of mid-day Monday

Washed out

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A washed out road in in Fayetteville, N.C.

About 1,200 North Carolina roads are closed, including 357 primary roads. Also, two of the U.S. government's river monitoring gauges stopped transmitting after waters reached 21.5 feet and 24.2 feet, and more gauges could fail as rivers continue rising.

The city of Fayetteville, N.C., is bracing for the Cape Fear River to crest at near record levels in the next couple of days. The river runs through a portion of the city's downtown. 


Days of drenching rain from Florence will likely lead to "catastrophic" flooding in both South Carolina and North Carolina. Most of the heaviest rain fell in eastern portions of the Carolinas. Nearly 34 inches of rain fell from Thursday through Sunday in Swansboro, on the North Carolina coast, according to the National Weather Service. 

Who's at risk

A combination of heavy rain and ferocious winds bring an extreme level of risk to lives and property, mainly across the Carolinas and Virginia.

Credit: Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com
A home sits in high water on W 6th St after Hurricane Florence brought heavy rains to Washington, N.C. on Friday afternoon on September 14, 2018. (Via OlyDrop)

Many without power

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, more than 400,000 customers — mostly in North Carolina —were without power, according to PowerOutage.US.

How much damage will Florence do?

Three of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history battered the U.S. in 2017. Florence may cause as much as $30-$50 billion in damages, according to one early estimate of the storm from AccuWeather.

Credit: Jeremiah Wilson, USA TODAY NETWORK
Sep. 15, 2018; Lumberton, NC, USA; Tropical Storm Florence continues to unleash massive amount of rain on Lumberton, North Carolina Saturday causing downed trees and power lines and minor flooding in areas. Mandatory Credit: Jeremiah Wilson/USA TODAY NETWORK (Via OlyDrop)

How a hurricane forms

A motion graphic explains the elements that combined to form Florence and other hurricanes.