Before-And-After Photos Show How Florence Flooding Has Left Areas Unrecognizable

Leslie Hanson
September 16, 2018

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVolunteers from all over North Carolina help rescue residents from their flooded homes during Hurricane Florence September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina.

The Florence center is crawling inland over SC, but its main rain bands are hitting already-saturated North Carolina - setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.

Warning of the storm's continued threat to life, Governor Roy Cooper said: "More people now face imminent threat than when the storm was offshore".

There were 974,000 homes in the Carolinas without power on Saturday morning. "And we had no belief it would be as significant an event as it was, ” he said. “This is a 500- or 1,000-year event. ”Eudy´s family has lived in New Bern since the 1850s, he said. Work will begin when conditions safely allow", the company said on its website on Saturday.

The 400-mile-wide hurricane has already splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast.

Officials in New Bern, which dates to the early 18th century, said more than 100 people were rescued from floods and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon.

He said flooding will continue for days and the full magnitude of the hurricane is unknown.

"I think it's safe to say if there's standing floodwater, and you're back in the neighborhood, it's not clean", Schlegelmilch said. "We have two boats and all our worldly possessions", said Susan Patchkofsky, who refused her family's pleas to evacuate and stayed at Emerald Isle with her husband. SC authorities reported one death.

Two people also died in Harkers Island, North Carolina, on Friday, Carteret County Director of Emergency Services Stephen Rea said Saturday.


More than 415,000 homes and businesses were without power, mostly in North Carolina, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks the nation's electrical grid.

None of the people rescued were injured.

State emergency officials said Thursday they had no way of tracking how many residents from the Carolinas had escaped to Florida this week.

With Hurricane Florence barrelling toward their home near Wilmington, North Carolina, Allison Hales Jordan and her husband boarded up their house, packed up their vehicle and headed to Walt Disney World in Florida with their two teenage children. Also, a 77-year-old man was apparently knocked down by the wind and died after going out to check on his hunting dogs, Lenoir County authorities said, and the governor's office said a man was electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.

Homes have been washed away by storm surge or made unlivable by standing water, fallen trees or other debris.

Hurricane Florence is dumping rain on North Carolina and pushing a storm surge taller than most humans onto communities near the coast. It said it was located about 40 miles (65 km) west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march. Some area residents described a harrowing retreat as the storm hit.

President Trump approved a disaster declaration, giving eight counties in North Carolina access to federal funding.

The military is providing assistance to flood ravaged SC. Trump, who spoke with state and local officials on Friday, plans a visit to the region next week.

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