Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, swept through the Carolinas on Friday, knocking out power to nearly a million homes and businesses and causing multiple deaths.
Wind gusts of 105 mph and rain totaling over 2 feet in some towns ― combined with the storm’s surging sea waters ― have caused catastrophic flooding that can make evacuation nearly impossible and has left the area nearly unrecognizable.
Officials are expecting more rain and flooding through Sunday.
News organizations and concerned citizens have posted startling before-and-after photos to social media to show the dramatically changing landscape.
— WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) September 15, 2018
Hurricane Florence’s leading edge is already battering the coast, and bringing heavy flooding to parts of NC. These photos show the same location in New Bern before and after the rain moved in. 😲
MORE: https://t.co/X55wJMui0x pic.twitter.com/6hS8kWraOu
— FOX 46 Charlotte (@FOX46News) September 14, 2018
— Luke Lyddon (@Luke_Lyddon) September 15, 2018
— Doc Kennedy (@DocHeelfire) September 13, 2018
— Amber Culbreth (@amberjuliablack) September 15, 2018
— Rodd Baxley (@RoddBaxley) September 15, 2018
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.