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Hurricane Florence’s damage captured in satellite images



Hurricane Florence before and afterFields and farmed were covered by water.ESRI/NOAA

Hurricane Florence was the worst flooding event in East Coast history, according to some reports.

The storm churned into North Carolina on September 14, bringing storm surge, flooding, and intense rainfall. More than 33 inches of rain fell in parts of the state.

Thousands of people evacuated their homes, at least 37 people died, and millions lost power. More than 100,000 homes are still without electricity days after the storm. The flooding also caused rivers to overflow, fields to fill with water, and millions of farm animals to drown. Agricultural losses will be in the billions.

The damage continues to mount — new reports indicate that a dam breach is causing coal ash from a power plant to spill into a river.

While these reports from the ground show how difficult and devastating the storm has been, images from above provide a different perspective on the flooding.

Below we’ve embedded a series of aerial satellite images from NOAA, ESRI Disaster Response, and Digital Globe that show parts of North Carolina before and after the storm. You can swipe back and forth to see the damage Florence has caused.

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